The defender apologized to his opponent as followers voiced amazement that he had escaped a purple card
Burkina Faso star Steeve Yago has mentioned sorry to an opposition participant who wanted therapy simply 38 seconds into the Africa Cup of Nations after the defender lunged in with a problem that began the event in brutal style.
Over-enthusiastic Yago was taking up hosts and five-time winners of the competitors Cameroon in a Group A encounter on the event on Sunday when the 29-year-old went for broke and lunged in on Collins Fai through the opening minute.
Sliding alongside the turf of the brand new Olembe Stadium within the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde, Yago made contact above his rival’s knee with studs up in a grotesque try to win the ball, one way or the other escaping with a warning.
Yago’s aspect went on to take the lead 23 minutes later by means of an excellent volley by Quevilly-Rouen’s Gustavo Sangare.
Amid extra hot-headed tackles and defending, Cameroon had been allowed to return again into the match and ultimately win it with two Vincent Aboubakar penalties.
Approaching half-time, Aston Villa’s Bertrand Traore introduced Napoli midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa to the bottom earlier than RS Berkane’s Issoufou Dayo fouled Seattle Sounders left-back Nouhou Tolo contained in the penalty space, permitting Aboubakar to step up as soon as extra and make it 2-1 in first-half added time.
After his nation’s opening defeat, Yago took to social media to replicate and deal with the sufferer of his reckless problem.
“Not the anticipated outcome for this primary match of [AFCON],” he wrote on Twitter. “I wish to apologize to Collins Fai for my harmful sort out initially of the match. Deal with the following match.”
Customary Liege right-back and good sport Fai accepted the olive department. “It occurs,” he informed Yago by reply. “Good luck for the remainder of the event.”
Punters on-line reacted to the “worst sort out ever” and one of many “wildest challenges ever.” “You recognize AFCON has begun when loopy tackles come flying in,” mentioned one.
Burkina Faso have two extra alternatives to select up factors of their try to attain the knockout stage.
They’ll fancy their probabilities in opposition to fellow minnows Cape Verde on Thursday, then face Ethiopia 4 days later.
At a event ravaged by Covid, although, Burkina Faso had been lacking 5 senior gamers in opposition to Cameroon.
That brought about The Stallions to object to the Confederation of African Soccer (CAF), which has deemed that video games on the finals should go forward if squads can area a minimum of 11 males – even when none of them are goalkeepers.
Groups who fail to take action will forfeit matches 2-0, intensifying Traore’s frustrations over what the Burkina Faso squad seem to really feel was an unfair utility of event Covid testing protocols.
The ahead claimed gamers had been subjected to antigen slightly than PCR testing, with bosses reportedly making an official criticism after gamers had been allegedly visited by testers late at evening.
Cameroon Well being Minister Dr Manaouda Malachie has confirmed that each one testing procedures are solely throughout the jurisdiction of CAF hours after Burkina Faso alleged a medical crew NOT from CAF got here to check their gamers#AFCON2021#CAN2021pic.twitter.com/TSBQtqaHXs
— OurAfricanFootball.com (@ourAfricanFooty) January 8, 2022
“I imagine this can be a scandal,” mentioned Traore. “We can’t be informed on the eve of the match that we now have Covid circumstances among the many gamers when a few of them are our greatest gamers.
“That is unacceptable. Why did they not conduct PCR assessments as a substitute? They need to have informed us this beforehand.
“The officers and the authorities actually need to rethink this group in order that we will make certain that gamers will not be informed 24 hours beforehand that they cannot play.
Burkina Faso captain Bertrand Traore has deplored as “a scandal” coronavirus testing procedures on the #AFCON2021 after as much as 5 gamers and coach Kamou Malo examined constructive within the run-up to Sunday’s opener in opposition to Cameroon.Ass coach Firmin Sanou mentioned: pic.twitter.com/WkfHvZfetq
— #AFCON2021 (@EricNjiiru) January 8, 2022
“We’re obliged to proceed taking part in the competitors regardless of the pandemic and, proper now, there’s a protocol that has been arrange by nearly all organizations, be it CAF or the Premier League.
“I am not likely in settlement with the protocol however we wish to know why there have been two well being groups that got here to our resort to hold out assessments. Why had been the assessments modified? Why was it not a PCR take a look at anymore?
“We skilled for 10 days for this primary recreation, we had difficulties earlier than, however it may possibly’t be that 24 hours beforehand, on the eve of the match, you inform a few of our gamers that they can not play.”