Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
Stade Paul Biya will host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations opener between Cameroon and Burkina Faso. Les Lions Indomptables impressed in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, with the team leaving the likes of Ivory Coast, Mozambique, and Malawi behind them in Group D. The tournament hosts have big ambitions for the 2021 AFCON as well, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Burkina Faso.
A man to watch in the home side will be experienced attacker Vincent Aboubakar, but Lyon forward Toko Ekambi should pose a big threat to the opposition defenders as well. Les Etalons are undefeated in the previous four meetings with Cameroon, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the tournament opener. Anyhow, we are not tempted to put our money on Tapsoba and Co. as Cameroon are a real force to be reckoned with at home.
Highlighted Player (Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting):
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for Schalke 04 as a winger. Choupo-Moting joined die Knappen in 2014, but he played for fellow German sides Mainz, Nurnberg and Hamburger in the past as well. He was part of FC St. Pauli during his youth career.
The Cameroonian international, who was born in Altona, Hamburg, represented the Indomitable Lions at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and he made the Cameroon 2014 World Cup squad as well. Choupo-Moting is well known for his speed and he often makes life difficult for the opposition defenders. His main position is left wing, but he is capable of playing as a centre forward as well.
Choupo-Moting scored six goals in 28 appearances for Schalke in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, but many people believe that he was producing much better performances with Mainz. The Cameroonian attacker scored 10 goals in 32 league appearances for die Nullfunfer in the 2013/2014 season. Choupo-Moting, who was born on 23 Match, 1989, began his youth career at Teutonia 05.
Highlighted Team (Cameroon):
Cameroon are an African team that played their first ever game against Belgian Congo back in 1956. The Indomitable Lions made 7 appearances at the World Cup finals and they recorded their best result at the major tournament in 1990. Cameroon made it to the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals by beating Colombia in the last 16, but England proved to be a big catch for the African team.
Speaking of African Cup of Nations, Cameroon clinched their fourth CAN trophy in 2002, when they defeated Senegal in the title game. A number of world-class footballers played for the Indomitable Lions in the past and the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Rigobert Song, Roger Milla, Patrick M’Boma, Stephane Mbia and Geremi are the most notable players who were part of the Cameroonian national football team.
Samuel Eto’omade 118 appearances for Cameroon, scoring 56 goals for the national team and he is regarded as the team’s top scorer. Eto’o used to play for the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Everton and Sampdoria in the past.