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.||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.
Edmond Tapsoba has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the #AFCON2021 opener against Cameroon.— Owuraku Ampofo (@_owurakuampofo) January 8, 2022
He would have played a crucial role in Burkina Faso’s build-up play. Only A. Davies has more progressive ball carries per 90 than the 22yo since last season.
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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.
|14||S. Oum Gwet|
|3||M. Ngamaleu ↪81|
|15||P. Malong ↪69|
|8||A. Zambo Anguissa|
|12||K. Toko Ekambi ↪69|
|10||V. Aboubakar (C) ⚽⚽ ↪88|
|16||D. Epassy Mboka|
|7||C. N'Jie ↩69|
|11||C. Bassogog ↩81|
|13||E. Choupo-Moting ↩69|
|27||J. Lea Siliki|
|28||Y. Neyou Noupa ↩88|
|10||B. Traoré (C) ↪86|
|20||G. Sangaré ⚽|
|21||C. Bayala ↪71|
|15||A. Tapsoba ↪71|
|11||M. Konaté ↩71|
|17||Z. Sanogo ↩71|
|13||Somgogna Hermann Nikiema|
|19||H. Bandé ↩86|
|26||K. Fiacre Botue|