BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
Cameroon made an emphatic statement on Thursday, becoming the first qualifiers for the Round of 16 by beating a hapless Ethiopian side 4-1 as the Africa Cup of Nations gets into second matchday for Group A.
With low goals scored in all the group’s opening matches, accounting for 12 goals in 12 matches, the goals started pouring in as the hosts again became the only side to have scored more than a goal – two in their first match against Burkina Faso and now four against Ethiopia.
Thursday match marked the first encounter to produce more than a goal margin win as the Ethiopian defence became leaky.
Yet the Ethiopians drew the first blood, barely four minutes into the game as an unmarked Dawa Hotesa found the back of the net.
Four minutes later, Cameroon were back on level terms as Karl Toko Ekambi scored for the hosts.
After catalogue of misses by Cameroon, hard working and bubbling Vincent Aboubakar put the hosts ahead in the 53rd minute.
It was his third in the competition to lead on the goal chart. The ovation that greeted the goal had hardly died when he fired home the third goal which was his fourth overall in the tournament.
At that stage, the game became a one-way traffic as Cameroon continued to pile pressure. In the 67th minute, Karl Toko Ekambi put in the fourth goal that confirmed the Cameroon supremacy.