Cameroon rekindles hope for 2014 World Cup qualifications.

 

By Anthony Njie

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Cameroon supporters ready to cheer up their team

 Cameroon Indomitable Lions have rekindled the hope to qualify for the 2014 World Cup competition in Brazil after defeating the Hawks of Togo 2-1 last Saturday, March 23th 2013 at the Yaoundé Ahmadou Ahidjo football stadium.

Cameroon Lions were in dyer need of securing victory in this home encounter in a bid to maintain a favourite position in their pool. So the squad took to the field with a somewhat low morale in the first 45 minutes,  to the benefit of its adversary.

Cameroon’s coach, Jean Paul Akono relied more on an offensive play strategy to mount pressure on the adversary team and create goal opportunities, but the Hawks of Togo played along, building a double defence wall that stretched to the middle field. Togolese squad waited more often on counter-attacks moves to outsmart the Lions. A golden opportunity to make a difference came at the 31th minute when Togolese player donning jersey number 18 missed a dual against keeper Carlos Kameni.

The Lions hit hard on the Togolese defence line looking for foul play. The tactic finally paid off as referee Jamel  Abudi blew a penalty against Togolese defender, Vincent Bodou for pushing Jean 2 Makoun within the 50 metres ring. Lion’s captain Samuel Eto’o transformed the opportunity into a goal at the 41st minute of play.

The Hawks would equalise few seconds to the first half.

The cheers and pump died down a little as the crowd waited with baited breath on a redemption goal from the pack of lions. A couple of changes were done here and there to revive various teams but to no avail.  It was an eminent standstill. Anxiety had reached fever-pitch level, prompting spectators to stand on their feet while they desperately await a miraculous goal. Then a turning point came with a brilliant feint to the right followed by a banana shot: “goal!!”  Eto’o Fils had given Cameroon the breakthrough it needed. The match ended with Cameroon snatching a 2-1 victory from the hawks of Togo.

This victory will improve the team’s morale enormously and provide ample time for Coach Akono to remodel some weak points still undermining their performance while the squad braces up for next encounters with Togo, Libya and Cote D’Ivoire abroad.    

 

 

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About Cameroon this week
I am a Cameroonian from the south west region, currently concluding my studies in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Buea. I have a special interest in reporting news about social events.

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