AFCON hits and misses: Vincent Aboubakar leading Cameroon but Mohamed Salah experiment backfires

With all 24 nations having performed at the least one sport at this 12 months’s Africa Cup of Nations, we have a look again at the perfect performers and who has had every week to neglect with African soccer journalist Usher Komugisha…

Aboubakar the shining mild

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Highlights of the African Cup of Nations group stage match between Cameroon and Ethiopia.

The participant of the match thus far must be the Cameroon captain Vincent Aboubakar. He’s scored 4 objectives in two video games, and you may see he is on his solution to placing in an unbelievable efficiency throughout the entire match.

When you take a look at the highest goalscorers within the earlier 5 tournaments, you see that Odion Ighalo scored 5 within the 2019 version in Egypt and the remainder are simply at 4 and three objectives in the entire match so kudos to Aboubakar who’s leading from the entrance and is exhibiting loads of character and precision together with his ending.

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Let’s see how far Cameroon will go, but they’ve impressed in turning into the primary group to qualify for the spherical of 16. It’s vital to notice that Cameroon are the one group thus far within the match to attain greater than a purpose in a single sport, having received 2-1 of their opener in opposition to Burkina Faso and now 4-1 of their second match in opposition to Ethiopia.

Looking on the group Cameroon have now, led by Aboubakar and enjoying at residence, and the truth that they’re unbeaten in Yaounde since October 1988, it is a very highly effective file they’ve so they’re utilizing the house help and that familiarity to search out their manner into the enterprise finish of the match.

Bad begin for Salah and Egypt

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Highlights of the African Cup of Nations group stage match between Nigeria and Egypt.

The state of affairs with Mohamed Salah is that the Egypt head coach Carlos Queiroz conceded after the defeat to Nigeria that he wished to play him out of place in an effort to shock the opposition.

But it regarded like he truly stunned himself and his team-mates. The extra you consider it, the extra it appears to be like like he received that tactically flawed. Watching the sport again, Salah regarded a whole shadow of himself.

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It’s not simple for North African sides to play in Sub-Saharan Africa and many of the Egyptian gamers who play of their nationwide leagues, they’re used to enjoying video games at night time every time it is the summer season and when it is sizzling.

Playing the sport in a sizzling setting throughout the day is one thing that might be affecting the Egyptian gamers but in the event that they wish to win, they’ll must step it up and produce a convincing efficiency. Against Nigeria, they regarded misplaced, but you even have to present credit score to Nigeria who’re a really stable, properly coached aspect.

Teams of the spherical: Sierra Leone and Gambia

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Highlights of the African Cup of Nations group stage match between Algeria and Sierra Leone.

I must select two international locations thus far who’ve actually lit up the match – the primary being Sierra Leone, who’re enjoying at their first Africa Cup of Nations since 1996.

To see the way by which they held the defending champions Algeria to a draw of their opening match was unbelievable. Algeria are actually unbeaten in 35 aggressive video games so to see them draw that match was a factor of magnificence, led by their captain Kei Kamara.

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When you look again at the place Sierra Leone has come as a rustic by way of their civil battle again residence and the way in which it was drastically affected by the Ebola virus a few years in the past, seeing the nation attempting to get better from that’s inspirational.

The efficiency was about rather more than choosing up some extent from their opening sport. It introduced collectively so many individuals again residence, and if you see the celebrations of the individuals sitting on the streets, hundreds of them watching their group play in Freetown, you perceive the influence of that kind of efficiency.

It confirmed you simply how a lot AFCON means to followers across the continent.

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Highlights of the Africa Cup of Nations Group F match between Mauritania and Gambia.

Gambia can be my different group, as they’re enjoying of their first ever AFCON. Until this version, they had been the one West African nation by no means to qualify for the match so seeing them carry out the way in which they did in beating Mauritania was very spectacular.

They have many younger and gifted gamers who ply their commerce in Europe, and you may see the standard of their ending and the way in which they play collectively. They appear like a group who might trigger some upsets on this match.

Why so few objectives thus far?

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Highlights of the Africa Cup of Nations Group E match between Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast

Nine of the 12 video games in spherical one throughout the six teams at AFCON led to 1-0 wins! I’d prefer to attribute that to the very fact that there have been so many cancelled friendlies within the build-up to the match.

Teams had lower than every week to arrange for the competitors as a result of CAF entered into an settlement with the European Club Association to launch gamers solely after January 3.

That hampered the preparations of so many groups which have their gamers based mostly in Europe. A group like Senegal have all of their gamers based mostly in Europe.

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Highlights of the Africa Cup of Nations Group B match between Senegal and Zimbabwe.

For all of them to be in camp and with all of the travelling and Covid protocols… all this stuff have affected the way in which that groups have began but many of the gamers who examined constructive a couple of days into the match have already recovered.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed Gabon’s opener, but he skilled as regular at present and might be out there for the following spherical of fixtures, so issues will get higher because the gamers develop into the competitors.

What has been fallout to chaotic finish to Tunisia vs Mali?

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Highlights of the Africa Cup of Nations Group F match between Tunisia and Mali.

It’s the aftermath now to what turned out to be a disastrous day for Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe, who dealt with the Tunisia vs Mali sport on Wednesday.

It was disappointing and surprising what occurred, to know that he ended the sport minutes earlier than it ought to have. He stopped the sport within the eighty fifth minute and afterward resumed play solely to finish the sport within the 89th minute.

Information has since come out that he suffered a heatstroke, and we even have information that he was rapidly rushed to the hospital from the stadium earlier than CAF had determined to renew the sport and for Mali to agree and come onto the pitch.

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Tunisia head coach Mondher Kebaier was shocked by the farcical finish to their Africa Cup of Nations sport in opposition to Mali.

Tunisia had already received into their ice baths, so that they declined to return again out to complete the match with the fourth official then in cost. It did not make sense and so that they accepted the consequence at that time, but Tunisia have come out and mentioned they’ll enchantment the result.

CAF have referred to as for an emergency committee assembly and we will await the choice about this. It’s very clear that Sikazwe was not himself as a result of if you take a look at replays of the sport, there is a half the place he went to the VAR monitor previous to the controversial ending but he walked previous it.

So, it exhibits you that there have been indicators that he was not OK throughout the sport. You must really feel for Tunisia as a result of sure, they had been one purpose down, but we have already seen that Senegal received their sport in opposition to Zimbabwe within the 96th minute so they’ll really feel they nonetheless had an opportunity.

What has Tunisia’s response to the incident been?

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Former Ivory Coast defender Sol Bamba reacts to the chaotic occasions of Tunisia’s sport in opposition to Mali and says the controversy shouldn’t overshadow the world class expertise on show.

Tunisian journalist Tarek Ghdri instructed Sky Sports:

“This is my 10th AFCON tournament and I’ve never seen a disaster like this in my career. The referee was totally out of his depth both mentally and physically.

“Tunisia is crying now as a result of that is an injustice. We’ve by no means seen something like this earlier than. The Tunisian FA are awaiting a choice from CAF whether or not or not the match might be replayed, but I severely doubt this may occur. It’s very tough to achieve this end result.

“Tunisia remains one of the biggest teams in Africa so I feel losing one match is not a big deal. They should win against Mauritania and Gambia and go further into this competition.”

Sky Sports to indicate AFCON stay

The Africa Cup of Nations match might be broadcast stay on Sky Sports in January and February.

The match, initially scheduled to be performed in June and July 2021, might be performed in Cameroon between January 9 and February 6, 2022, with Sky Sports exhibiting all 52 video games stay.

Twenty-four groups will participate, kicking off on January 9 as hosts Cameroon host Burkina Faso in Yaounde, earlier than culminating within the remaining on February 6 within the capital.

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