AFCON 2021: Cameroon, Burkina Faso raring to go as tourney kicks off

Cameroon and Burkina Faso are set to kick-off the 33rd edition of Africa’s flagship competition when they face off at the new Olembe Stadium in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé on Sunday, 9 January 2022.

Cameroon are at home, and they will be looking forward to a good start in front of their faithful supporters.

The Indomitable Lions, who have been preparing since the end of December, will start this competition with the desire to win their sixth Afcon title at home.

According to head coach Antonio Conceiçao, his charges are prepared and ready for the competition.

“It is for a new challenge with the Indomitable Lions. We will try to achieve our ambitions,” he said before adding.

“We prepared well and now we are ready for the competition. Our opponent is not an easy team. But we have the strength and determination to make a good start,” he added.

Meanwhile, Burkina Faso traveled to Cameroon with the firm intention of doing better than their best outing in 2013, when they narrowly lost the final to Nigeria.

Facing the hosts in the opening might be a tough start, but The Burkinabe look like a team with a mission that they will do everything to perform.

“We are facing the hosts which is difficult. But we have the means to achieve our objectives, and to go as far as possible in this competition.”

“We will play with a young generation of talented players. Our first objective is to get past the group stage and our ultimate target is the title,” assistant coach Sanou Firmen said.

Elsewhere, Ethiopia get their Africa Cup of Nations campaign started with a clash against Cape Verde at Stade Paul Biya on Sunday.

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