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The AFCON Diary: Five in Three! Vincent Aboubakar’s Fairy Tale Goes on!

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The AFCON Diary: Five in Three! Vincent Aboubakar’s Fairy Tale Goes on!

The AFCON Diary: Five in Three! Vincent Aboubakar’s Fairy Tale Goes on!

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon played to a 1-1 draw with Cape Verde in their final Group A game at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals at the Paul Biya Stadium in Yaounde on Monday evening.

Indomitable Lions captain Vincent Aboubakar break the deadlock after 39 minutes in favour of the hosts and missed a glorious chance in the second half to make it three wins in three for Cameroon after half-time substitute Garry Rodrigues stylishly had flicked home to equalize for Cape Verde.

Their first draw at this year’s showpiece ensured their progress to the knockout phase as group winners after winning their first two opening games; 2-1 against Burkina Faso on January 9 and 4-1 against Ethiopia on January 13.

In all three games, their captain Vincent Aboubakar has found back of the net, a brace in each of the wins and a single goal in Monday’s draw.

The 29-year-old striker has scored five of Cameroon’s goals at the tournament so far equaling the national record set by former captain Samuel Eto’o at the AFCON finals.

Samuel Eto’o. Photo/courtesy

The Cameroonian Football Federation President is the all-time AFCON top scorer with 18 goals scored in six AFCON editions and scored five goals in the 2006 and 2008 editions that were both won by Egypt.

Aboubakar looks on course to break the five-goal record by Eto’o as he has already scored five in three group stage matches with potentially four matches left to play for the hosts.

Cameroon are yet to lose a game in their capital city of Yaounde since 1988, and will seek to extend the record when they face their last 16 opponents in the capital on January 24.

The Indomitable Lions have won the AFCON finals five times, and their last triumph was in 2017 when they edged out record champions Egypt (seven titles) 2-1; Aboubakar scored the winner in a cameo appearance in South Africa.

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