Cameroon’s skipper Vincent Aboubakar scored twice on Sunday from the penalty spot in the first half to win the opening AFCON 2021 match against Burkina Faso 2-1.
The African showpiece was supposed to take place last year but was postponed twice due to the spread of Covid-19.
Aboubakar’s first penalty in the 40th minute cancelled Burkina Faso’s Group A opener scored by Gustavo Sangaré against the run of play.
Gustavo beat André Onana in goal for Cameroon in the 24th minute, but the hosts piled on the pressure resulting in the penalty.
Under pressure, in additional time of the first half, Burkina Faso again gave away a penalty.
Aboubakar stepped up and sent the Burkina Faso keeper Herve Koffi the wrong way to make it 2-0 in favour of the home side.
The second half was a tense affair with few chances.
Cameroon had a goal disallowed after a lengthy VAR check, which added five minutes of additional time after the 90 minutes.
Both teams substituted their captains before towards the end of the second half.
Aston Villa’s Bertrand Traore who captained Burkina Faso was first to be substituted followed a few minutes later by Aboubakar.