The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) might still be in its morning, but there is some trend emerging in Cameroon—most scorers are so far drawn from leagues in Europe.
The tournament started on Sunday evening when Vincent Aboubacar, who plays in Turkey for Beşiktaş, scored twice from the penalty spot to give Cameroon a head start.
The Indomitable Lions came from behind to beat Burkina Faso who had scored first through Gustave Sangare who plays club football for Quevilly-Rouen, France.
In another Group A match, Jualo Tavarez of Estoril-Praia, Portugal, scored for Cape Verde against Ethiopia who were reduced to 10 men just before they conceded the lone goal on Sunday.
In Group B games played on Monday, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane scored from the penalty spot right at death as Senegal saw off Zimbabwe 1-0.
In the next game for the group, Malawi missed many chances before succumbing to Guinea’s lone goal from Issiaga Sylla of Toulouse, France.
In Group C, Sofiane Boufal from Angers in France scored to hand Morocco a 1-0 win over Ghana whereas Gabon beat Comoros 1-0, thanks to Qatar-based Aaron Boupendza’s strike.
Ahead of more games on Tuesday, we wait to see if the dominance of the foreign land based players will continue.
Results so far:
Cameroon 2 Burkina Faso 1
Ethiopia 0 Cape Verde 1
Senegal 1 Zimbabwe 0
Guinea 1 Malawi 0
Morocco 1 Ghana 0
Gabon 1 Comoros 0