A Cape Verde side hit by Covid-19 cases saw off 10-man Ethiopia 1-0 in the day’s second game ofat the Africa Cup of Nations in the Olembe Stadium, with striker Julio Tavares scoring a powerful header in first-half stoppage time.
Coach Bubista and nine Cape Verde players were absent because of Covid and the Blue Sharks were only able to name six substitutes for their match against Ethiopia.
The east Africans went down to 10 men early on after Yared Bayeh failed to control a wayward back header and brought down Julio Tavares just outside the box in the eighth minute.
Initially shown yellow by Angolan referee Helder Martins de Carvalho, the centre-back had his card upgraded to red after a lengthy VAR check.
Substitute Mignot Debebe almost scored a freak own goal, but his miscued clearance was clawed away by Ethiopia keeper Teklemariam Shanko on the line, and Shanko then saved well from midfielder Dylan Tavares.
The islanders hit the front when a deep cross from the left flank was volleyed back across goal by the ever-bright Garry Rodrigues and striker Tavares was on hand to convert from close range.
Ethiopia made little impact going forward in front of a sparse crowd, with the majority having departed after Cameroon’s earlier victory.
Cameroon beat Burkina Faso
Cameroon came from behind to beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in an incident-packed opener at the Africa Cup of Nations.
An acrobatic volley from Gustavo Sangare put the Burkinabe ahead midway through the first half in Yaounde.
But two unerring penalties from captain Vincent Aboubakar turned the game around for the hosts before half-time.
Indomitable Lions keeper Andre Onana made two crucial second-half saves as Toni Conceicao’s side opened their Group A campaign with victory.
There are four games on Monday, with 2019 runners-up Senegal in action and four-time champions Ghana facing Morocco at 16:00 GMT.
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