AFCON Cameroon: CAN VINCENT ABOUBAKAR BE A STAR of ETOO AND MILLA AT HOME?

AFCON Cameroon: CAN VINCENT ABOUBAKAR BE A STAR of ETOO AND MILLA AT HOME?

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January 17, 2022 0

AFCON Cameroon: CAN VINCENT ABOUBAKAR BE A STAR of ETOO AND MILLA AT HOME?



Cameroon’s striker Vincent Aboubakar, who scored both goals in the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations against Burkina Faso (2-1), does not have the same aura as his illustrious predecessors Milla, Omam-Biyik, Mboma or Eto’o.

It may not seem like much, but scoring two penalties in the same game and in just over five minutes is more complicated than it sounds.

On Sunday 9 January, Vincent Aboubakar’s right foot did not waver in first-half stoppage time to give the Indomitable Lions a definitive lead, beating Burkina Faso goalkeeper Herve Koffi. The Cameroonian striker had equalised a few minutes earlier and put his team back in front after Gustavo Sangaré had opened the scoring.


Fifth highest scorer in the history of the national team
With this double, Aboubakar, who will turn 30 on 22 January, scored his 28th and 29th goals in 81 appearances, a statistic that makes the player from Al-Nassr (Saudi Arabia) the fifth highest scorer in the national team’s history behind Samuel Eto’o (56 goals), François Omam-Biyik (45), Roger Milla (36) and Patrick Mboma (33).

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If his popularity among Cameroonian fans has risen after this double placing the five-time African champions in an extremely favourable position before facing Ethiopia on 13 January in Yaounde, Vincent Aboubakar is not adored as some of his predecessors at the top of the Lions’ attack could be.

“I don’t know if he suffers from the comparison, but in Cameroon – which is is also the case in all football countries – we look a lot at the statistics. Aboubakar’s statistics are good, but it’s true that if he is appreciated, paradoxically he doesn’t have a huge aura here”, confirms Patrick Mboma, the former striker of the Lions.


“He has more than 80 caps, he scores goals, he’s a very good player, a boy who doesn’t make noise, respectful, and it’s true that I’m sometimes a little surprised that he’s not more recognized.

AFCON Cameroon: CAN VINCENT ABOUBAKAR BE A STAR of ETOO AND MILLA AT HOME?
AFCON Cameroon: CAN VINCENT ABOUBAKAR BE A STAR of ETOO AND MILLA AT HOME?

Decisive shot in the 2017 CAN final
Vincent Aboubakar, born in Garoua, quickly left Cotonsport, the city club with which he had just won the national championship in 2010, to sign for Valenciennes, in French League 1.



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