Sunday 18 February 2018

Idrissou revives Cameroon hopes

Mohammad Idrissou put Cameroon back on course for the quarter-finals with a late winner in a topsy-turvy 3-2 victory over Zambia yesterday.

Cameroon had lost 1-0 to Gabon in their first game in Group D and their prospects of progress were looking bleak when Zambia took an early lead through Jacob Mulenga.

A terrible mistake from Zambia keeper Kennedy Mweene allowed Geremi to equalise, and Samuel Eto'o gave Cameroon the lead in the 72nd minute.

Christopher Katongo thought he had earned a point for his side with an 82nd-minute penalty, but Idrissou had the last word four minutes later. Geremi swung in a free-kick from near the halfway line and Idrissou rose above the defence to power his header into the bottom corner.

In the same group, unfancied Gabon added a 0-0 draw with Tunisia to their opening win against Cameroon to put themselves within touching distance of the quarter-finals.

Defending champions Egypt sealed a place in the quarter-finals by beating Mozambique 2-0 in Group C on Saturday night.

It was an uninspiring encounter and it took an own goal -- from Mozambique's Dario Khan -- to break the deadlock after 47 minutes.

Egypt added a second nine minutes from time as some nice build-up play between Ahmed Hassan and Emad Moteab saw the former play in Mohamed Gedo. The substitute flicked the ball up, turned and smashed a volley home.

Nigeria reignited their hopes of advancing with a 1-0 victory over Benin in an entertaining game in Benguela.

Irish Independent

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