AFCON 2021: Hosts Cameroon eye knockout stage as they take on Ethiopia

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will be targeting three points to qualify for the next round of TotalEnergies AFCON 2021 when they face Ethiopia in the second match day of the competition at Stade Omnisport Olembé.

Cameroon registered a 2-1 win against Burkina Faso in the opening game and will be happy to continue their momentum on Thursday to secure a place in the round of 16.

According to head coach Antonio Conceiçao, his charges are well-prepared and ready to collect maximum points against Ethiopia, come Thursday.

“We prepared our match in the best conditions and with the same determination as the first match played and won against Burkina Faso. All the players are ready for Thursday’s meeting,” Conceiçao said.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia who kicked off the tourney with a 1-0 defeat against Cape Verde, aims at registering a win to maintain their chances to qualify for the next round of the tournament.

“We will play our chances to the end, especially as we will face a great team from Cameroon,” Ethiopia head coach Wubetu Abate said.

“We are proud to represent our country in this tournament and that boosts us even more. We will play against the host country, in front of their home crowd.”

“He is a strong opponent but we will do our best to have a good game,” he added.

Cameroon and Ethiopia’s only previous AFCON encounter was in the group stages of the 1970 tournament.

Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubaker enter Thursday’s game looking to become the first player to net in three consecutive games in the tournament for the Indomitable Lions since Samuel Eto’o in January 2008.

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