Africa: AFCON – Cameroon, Burkina Faso Envoys Applaud Players, Officials


Madame Bessem Manga, the Consular General of Cameroon in Lagos, on Sunday applauded the performance of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the team’s opening match against the Stallions of Burkina Faso at the 2021 Cameroon Nations Cup.

The ambassador said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at a mini opening ceremony of the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), at the Cameroon consulate, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Manga said in spite of the team’s nervousness in the first few minutes, the players were able to bring themselves back into the game.

NAN reports that the host country, Cameroon, came from behind to beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in the opening match of Africa Nations Cup in Yaounde.

“When the match started, as it is expected, they were nervous, especially when the goal came in.

“But they were able to get over that and focused on the game, which paid off eventually.

“As the opening match, I’d say it was entertaining, Burkina Faso gave a good account of themselves, it could have gone either way because the two teams were fantastic, but I’m glad we won.

“I believe winning the first match will motivate the players and give them confidence in the next match which is crucial,” she said.

Also commending the players and the organisation of the tournament was Jean Bengaly the Consular General Burkina Faso.

“I appreciate the level of organisation, as Africans we have come a long way and we deserve to applaud ourselves, it will only keep getting better, one Africa, God bless Africa.