A majority of Cameroon’s 2000 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winning squad have edged their counterparts of Nigeria by 3-1 in a glamorous friendly encounter this Wednesday, November 30 at the Limbe Omnisport stadium.
The classic meeting of legends organized as part of hostilities to mark the second edition of the International Plantain and Banana festival lived up to expectation in terms of the quality of spectacle produced in the presence of close to ten thousand fans at the seaside resort city.
Austin Jay Jay Okocha, legendary keeper Peter Rufai, Godwin Okpara, Taribo West, Victor Ikpeba, Amunike Emmanuel, Yakubu Ayegbeni all started for the visitors while the likes Marcus Mokake, Enoh Eyong, Tchountang Bernard, Serge Namekong Branco, Nicolas Alnoudji, Lucien Mettomo and Timothe Essama Atouba started for the Cameroon side coached by Rigobert Song.
Legendary Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o, Tchountang Bernard and 2017 AFCON Robert Ndip Tambe scored for the hosts to cancel the early lead established by Julius Efosa Aghahowa as coach Rigobert Song’s team edged their visitors to maintain their bragging rights in the ever-exciting derby clash.
2002 FIFA World Cup finalist Aghahowa who also featured for the Super Eagles at the famous AFCON 2000 final in Sururele gave Nigeria the lead after just 12 minutes of play. Aghahowa pounced on a mistake from legendary defender Kalla Raymond.
Serge Namekong Branco and Eto’o combined to level scores almost immediately before Tchountang fired the home side ahead to ensure a slim advantage before the interval.
Both sides rang changes to add more glamour into the occasion. Substitute Ndip Tambe Robert, winner of the 2017 AFCON completed the scoring late on to ensure the hosts ran out 3-1 winners in the game that well and truly revived memories of the past.
There was a great communion between the legends and the fans in attendance at the end of the encounter to mark the historic day.
The rest of the festival aimed at encouraging footballers to invest in plantation farming of Plantain and Banana will continue on Friday in Buea.
However, some of the legends will return to their base this Thursday evening after savoring the beauty of Limbe.
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