AFCON 2021: Cameroon Draw 1-1 With Cape Verde To Claim Top Spot In Group

Cameroon wrapped up their Group A campaign at the Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-1 draw against Cape Verde at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde on Monday evening.

The Indomitable Lions created some early pressure and were close to a spectacular opener in the 17th minute when Collins Fai’s deflected cross from the right flank fell for captain Vincent Aboubakar, who sent a volleyed effort just off target from the edge of the penalty area.

Cameroon finally took the lead when Aboubakar drilled home his fifth goal of the tournament after 39 minutes.

Cape Verde equalised eight minutes after the break as half-time substitute Garry Rodrigues stylishly flicked home.

Aboubakar should have won it midway through the second half only to blaze over the bar with the goal gaping.

Unbeaten in their capital since 1988, the result means Cameroon will remain in stronghold Yaounde for their last-16 tie against a third-placed side from Group C, D or E on Monday, 24 January.

Cape Verde finished third in the group on four points, behind Burkina Faso in the table on head-to-head record, and the Blue Sharks face a wait to see if they will progress as one of four best third-placed sides.

At the last Nations Cup, four points was good enough to reach the last 16, just as it was for teams at both the 2016 and 2020 European Championships.