Cameroon celebrating their opener against Burkina Faso in Gabon Credit: Photo Credits: CAF

Burkina Faso 1-1 Cameroon

Burkina Faso and Cameroon played to a one all draw during their AFCON 2017 group A encounter at the Stade De L’Amitie D’ Angondje in Libreville on Saturday night.

The Indomitable Lions took the lead against the run of play in the opening half to command the game 1-0 by the half way mark.

Burkinable’s Issoufou Dayo’s powerful header cancelled out team captain Benjamin Moukandjo’s free-kick.

The draw was the second in the group following the opening game of the tournament between hosts Gabon and debutants Guinea Bissau that also ended one all.

[/media-credit] Cameroon celebrating their opener against Burkina Faso in Gabon Credit: Photo Credits: CAF

Moukandjo’s stunning free-kick on 33 minutes from the edge of the 18 yard goal mark was the only difference.

However, Cameroon perfectly recovered in the final quarter of the opening half having succumbed to pressure during the early stages.

Jonathan Pitriopa had a goal disallowed for Burkina Faso as early as the 6th minutes when the Stallions posed the early questions of the day.

Paulo Duarte’s outfit remained dominant with great control of the midfield by the veteran Charles Kabore and Bertrand Traore.

Cameroon’s Oliever Massoussi as well became the first player at this year’s tournament to earn a caution for a dangerous foul.

Christian Mougang Bassogog nearly scored for Cameroon in the 20th minute, but his shot hit the side netting after fancy footwork down the right.

Slowly the Indomitable Lions recovered and dominated the rest of the half.

In the second half, Betrand Traore shot with the left leg but the Cameroon goalie Joseph Ondoa Ebogo saved the day with a spilled save.

At this time, Burkina Faso remained persistent until the 73rd minute when the goal arrived following a well delivered set piece into the area.

Next Group A matches:

Group A action will return once against on Wednesday, 18th January 2017 at the same stadium.

Hosts Gabon will play Burkina Faso as Cameroon will take on Guinea-Bissau.

Focus now turns to group B with two matches set for Franceville Stadium on Sunday.

Algeria will face Zimbabwe in the opener before Tunisia take on Senegal in the second match.

Line ups:

Burkina Faso XI: Herve Koffi Kouakou (G.K), Bakary Kone, Patrcik B. Arnaud Malo, Niguimbe Prejuce Nakoulma, Razack Traore Abdou, Alain Traore Sibiri, Yann Pitropia Benninwende, Issoufou Dayo, Charles Kabore (Captain), Bertrand Isidore Traore, Yacouba Coulibaly

Subs:

Babayoure Sawadogo, Steeve Yago,Issouf Paro, Bakary Sare, Banou Diawara, Adama Guira, Koanda Souleymane, Bance Astride, Jonathan Zongo, Cyrille Bayala, Ibrahim Toure, Moussa Sanou

Head coach: Paulo Jorge Rebelo Daurte (Portgual)

Cameroon XI: Joseph Ondoa Ebogo (G.K), Ernest Olivier Mabouka Massoussi, Adolphe Teiku Kamgang, Michael Ngadjui Ngadeu, Ambrose Oyongo Bitolo, Clinton Njie, Benjamin Moukandjo (Captain), Jacques Daogari Zoua, Christian Mougang Bassogog, Georges Constant Mandjeck, Sebastien Clovis Siani

Subs:

Nicholas Julio Nkoulou, Vincent Aboubakar Aboubakar, Edgar Nicaise Salli, Frank Thierry Boya, Goda Jules, Sutchuin Djoum Arnaud, Robert Ndip Tambe, Fai Collins Ngoran Suiru, Karl Toko Ekambi, Djetei Mohamed, Joseph Ngwemi II, George  Bokwe

Head coach: Henri Hugo Broos (Belgium)

Match Officials:

Center Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)

1st Assistant Referee: Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos (Angola)

2nd Assistant Referee: Marwa Range (Kenya)

Reserve Referee: Redouane Jiyed (Morocco)

Match Commissioner: Pierre Alain Mounguengui (Gabon)

General Coordinator: Anthony Baffoe (Ghana)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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