Cameroon - Burkina Faso

Africa: Africa Cup of Nations
Cameroon V. Aboubakar (Pen. 40), V. Aboubakar (Pen. 45)
Stade Omnisport Paul BiyaFull time2-1
Burkina Faso G. Sangaré (24)
Lineup

Tapsoba tests positive for COVID, Choupo-Moting still day-to-day

By Peter Vice

Tomorrow's opener of Africa's grand continental showpiece will feature at least one less Bundesliga player after Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba tested positive for COVID-19. 

In other news related to the match, Bayern attacker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting remains day-to-day with a knee injury. 

Edmond Tapsoba.
Edmond Tapsoba.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Sven Sonntag

It has been confirmed that Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba will not be able to take part in tomorrow's Burkina Faso Cameroon match after testing positive for COVID-19.




The Burkinabé Stallions will certainly miss the services of the highly-skilled center back in their crucial opening group stage clash with West African rivals and tournament hosts Cameroon. Meanwhile, the Bundesliga's other representative in that match, has been able to partake in limited training.

COVID recovered Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had to break off training last week on account of acute pain in his knee. It might be the case that Cameroon trainer Toni Conceiçao will not be in the mood to take a chance with his prolific national team striker.

Many AFCON watchers are projecting Karl Toko Ekambi, Vincent Aboubakar, and either Moumi Ngamaleu or Stephane Bahoken to start above Choupo-Moting in a 4-3-3 anyway. Conceiçao was expected to use the Bayern striker as a super-sub off the bench.

The delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off tomorrow at 17:00 (UTC +1) in Yaoundé, Cameroon.


Cameroon
(4-1-4-1)
24André Onana
19C. Fai
22Jérôme Onguéné
5Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui
25Nouhou Tolo
14Samuel Oum Gwet
3Moumi Ngamaleu ↪81
15Pierre Malong ↪69
8André-Frank Zambo Anguissa
12Karl Toko Ekambi ↪69
10Vincent Aboubakar (C) ↪88
Bench
16Devis Rogers Epassy Mboka
23Omossola Medjo
7Clinton N'Jie ↩69
9Stéphane Bahoken
11Christian Bassogog ↩81
13E. Choupo-Moting ↩69
20Ignatius Ganago
4Harold Moukoudi
6Ambroise Oyongo
21Jean-Charles Castelletto
27James Lea Siliki
28Yvan Neyou Noupa ↩88
Burkina Faso
(4-2-3-1)
16Kouakou Koffi
9Issa Kabore
14Issoufou Dayo
25Steeve Yago
5P. Malo
24Adama Guira
22Ibrahim Touré
10Bertrand Traoré (C) ↪86
20Gustavo Sangaré
21Cyrille Bayala ↪71
15Abdoul Fessal Tapsoba ↪71
Bench
1Aboubacar Sawadogo
23Sofiane Ouédraogo
27Kilian Nikiema
2Djibril Cheick Ouattara
8Dramane Nikiema
11Mohamed Konaté ↩71
17Zakaria Sanogo ↩71
13Somgogna Hermann Nikiema
7Eric Traoré
18Ismahila Ouédraogo
19Hassane Bandé ↩86
26Kouame Jean Fiacre Botue

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