The opening game of the 33rd edition of the African Cup of Nations lived up to the expectations of football fans around the world. Cameroon started their quest to win the competition by getting maximum points against Burkina Faso.
Here are five things we learnt from the game:
(1) Burkina Faso were clumsy in defense:
Lack of experience showed in the defense of the Burkina Faso team following two rash tackles in their penalty area in the space of five minutes. This lack of experience ensured the hosts got maximum points in the opening group game.
(2) Cohesion in Cameroon's defense:
The Indomitable Lions' cohesion in their defense will be a key factor if they are going to win the African Cup of Nations. There is an understanding among the four players in the backline and this will give them to strength to sniff out any attacking threats that their opposition will throw at them going forward in the competition.
(3) Andre Onana's Experience for Cameroon:
The Cameroonian player who plays his football for Ajax was able to sniff off any threats coming towards his goal post. Despite the lack of attacking play from Burkina Faso, the goalkeeper was always aware and ready for action whenever he was called upon by the opposition players.
(4) Vincent Aboubakar's awareness in Cameroon's attack line is Key:
The awareness of Vincent Aboubakar in the opposition penalty area will remind the Cameroonians about Roger Miller. The strength of the Lions' captain and how he gets past players is impressive. If he continues at the same pace, then he might be the country's highest goal scorer and also be key in helping the nation win the Africa Cup of Nations.
(5) Burkina Faso Has a Chance in the Group:
Burkina Faso showed a glimpse of hope whenever they had the chance to attack the Cameroonian defense. They need to be able to get a good grip on their finishing touches whenever they are in the opposition area. They still have to play Ethiopia and Cape Verde. If they try to keep their goal difference at a reasonable number and try to get a victory against their other group opponents.