Fans arrive at stadium for AFCON opener Cameroon-Burkina Faso

Fifty years after it last hosted the Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon kicked off the continental tournament targeting their sixth title as they hope the tournament will not be overshadowed by the coronavirus.

Cameroon, who play 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso in their opening match in Group A at the vast new 60,000-seat Olympe Stadium in Yaounde, know that expectations are high for the indomitable Lions.

However, they will have to live up to the likes of defending champions Algeria, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah.

Cameroon were initially supposed to be the hosts in 2019, before they were stripped of the tournament due to delays in preparations, with Egypt taking charge. Then last year’s 33rd Nations Cup was postponed due to the pandemic.

Therefore, the central African country of 27 million people was determined to press ahead with the competition amid reports last month that leading European clubs wanted to postpone it again due to Covid concerns.

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