The Olympic Panthers of Gabon took a step towards qualification for the 2023 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) following a 1-0 win against 10-man Cameroon.
Jeremie Moussango’s early strike was enough for Gabon to egde Cameroon in the Central African derby at the Franceville stadium this Saturday.
Cameroon finished the game with ten players after Blondon Mayapia was sent off after he planted he retaliated to being foul with a violent stretch of his boots into the knees of an opponent.
Guy Feutchine named a strong starting XI that had Simon Ngapandouetnbu in goal, protected by a reliable back four and a versatile midfield trio of Mvoue, Ambina and Eyong Karl.
Yvan Djantou led the front line, flanked by Abddoulaye Yahaya and Regis Mughe.
Gabon took control of the game from the start, dominated Cameroon and came close to scoring on two occasions in the first ten minutes.
The hosts had their noses in front 13 minutes into it when Moussango notched home a square ball into the box.
The goal caused the Cameroon team to be more expansive. Yahaya and Mughe tried to beat the Gabonese defence set up on a pair of occasions before the interval the quality of delivery to Djantou was their undoing.
Cameroon returned for the second segment as the more offensive side as they search for the equalizer.
The Gabonese defence stood the test of their visitors for the rest of the half and walked away with the crucial 1-0 win in the end.
Tuesday’s game in Yaounde is a must win for Cameroon if they have to join Morocco and 10 others in the U-23 AFCON in June.
Monday, March 27
17h, Congo Vs South Africa, in Brazzaville (1-1)
Tuesday, March 28
16h, Cameroon-Gabon, in Yaoundé (0-1)
17h, Ghana – Algeria, in Kumasi (1-1)
19h, Mali – Senegal, in Bamako (1-3)
19h, Guinea-Nigeria, in Rabat (Morocco) (0-0)
21h, Sudan-Niger, in Omdurman (0-0)
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