The indomitable Lions of Cameroon have qualified for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) following a hard-earned 3-0 win against the Swallows of Burundi this Tuesday at the Roumde Adjia stadium in Garoua.
Bryan Mbeumo’s second international goal for Cameroon plus Christopher Wooh’s first and Aboubakar Vincent added time strike was enough to earn the 3-0 win for the five-time African champions.
Cameroon endured a tough first opening half before settling to win the game and group in the second segment.
The Swallows brought the best out of Andre Onana in the opening 25 minutes of the game, forcing him to pull four great saves off the Manchester United FC keeper on his return to the national team.
Ntibazonkiza Saidi found space runs in behind the Cameroon backline guided by Christopher Wooh and Harold Moukoudi on a number of occasions, Onana stood tall to defy the Swallows whenever he beat the defensive track.
Bryan Mbeumo had Cameroon’s best chance of the half in 38th minute, combining with Karl Toko Ekambi through a quick counter offa Burundi counter. The on-form Brentford forward’s effort in the near post was saved by Onisime Rukundo.
Skipper Vincent Aboubakar square unto the far post almost after was pushed away by Police FC’s Rukundo to keep it goalless.
The game finished goalless in the first segment but had signs of a busy second segment.
Cameroon returned for the second segment and scored almost with the first action of the half through Mbeumo who pounced on a defensive error.
At the hour mark, Wooh bundled the pieces of Karl Toko Ekambi’s ball from a corner to double the advantage before Aboubakar completed the rout with his third in the second minute of added time.
The game finished 3-0 in favor of Rigobert Song’s team who advanced to their 21st AFCON tournament.
Cameroon finishes top of Group C with five points as well as second-placed Namibia who complete the 24 participating Nations of next year’s tournament in Côte D’Ivoire.
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