Cameroon held by Burkina Faso as both Group A openers at AFCON 2017 finish as 1-1 draws
Posted: 14 January 2017 Time: 22:56
Burkina Faso ensured a level playing field in Group A at the 2017 African Nations Cup as they came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Cameroon on Saturday.
Hosts Gabon had been held by Guinea-Bissau in the AFCON curtain-raiser earlier in the day, and Jonathan Pitroipa thought he had put Burkina Faso in the driving seat after just six minutes against Cameroon, only to see his goal ruled out for offside.
The Indomitable Lions looked to respond and came close as Clinton N’jie rifled his shot into the side-netting from a tight angle, although they would eventually get their goal 10 minutes before the break, Benjamin Moukandjo curling home a wonderful free-kick to take the advantage into half-time.
Bertrand Traore almost found a response for Burkina Faso as he powered his way through the middle of the pitch before unleashing a rasping drive, and although Joseph Ondoa spilled the effort, Ernest Mabouka was on hand to mop up the danger.
Cameroon should have gone 2-0 up soon after as Harve Kouakou Koffi could only parry Jacques Zoua’s shot right to the feet of N’Jie, but he somehow contrived to send his effort wide of the mark.
The Lions were left ruing their wastefulness 15 minutes from time as Burkina Faso struck the equaliser, Issoufou Dayo rounding off a set piece to head home from point-blank after the keeper spilled his initial save.
Burkina Faso: Koffi, Malo, Dayo, Koné, Coulibaly, Kabore, A Traore (Sundy Zongoat 74’), B Traore (Diawaraat 61’), Pitroipa, A Traore, Nakoulma.
Cameroon: Ondoa, Mabouka Maoussi, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Teikeu, Oyongo Bitolo, Bassogog (Toko Ekambiat 84’), Mandjeck, Siani, N'Jie (Salliat 77’), Moukandjo, Zoua Daogari