By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, Cameroon
The Olympic Lions of Cameroon have the daunting task of defending a narrow one goal lead against the Carthage Eaglets of Tunisia when they face them this Tuesday September 10, 2019 in Rades.
Cameroon defeated Tunisia 1-0 in Yaounde in the first leg game of the third and final round of qualifiers for the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.
Rigobert Song’s charges could have secured a bigger and more comfortable win if not of some wasteful finishing.
Victor Mpindi Ekani’s goal was vital but it might not be enough to see Cameroon through against a dreaded Tunisian team in-front of a belligerent home crowd.
Cameroon qualified for the third round without kicking a ball against Sierra Leone while Tunisia eliminated South Sudan in the second round.
Captain Samuel Oum Gwet and his teammates will have to show more defensive solidity and clinical finishing if they have to earn a maiden qualification for the competition scheduled to take place in Egypt later this year.
Duplex Tchamba and Guy Marcelin Kilama Kilama were sloppy at the back at times in that first leg win, while the brilliance of Eric Ayuk Mbu from the right wing was not matched by similar standards in finishing from Ignatius Ganago and Kevin Soni.
Tunisia finished the game on the front foot and will definitely build on that in the return leg.
In the other games, South Africa takes a five goals cushion into the second leg after beating Zimbabwe 5-0 in the first leg.
Ghana will make a difficult trip to Algeria after they only managed a 1-1 draw at home.
Guinea Conakry shocked Ivory Coast with a precious 0-1 away win. They welcome Ivory Coast with a goal advantage in Conakry.
Nigeria will try to over-turn a one goal deficit after losing the first leg game 0-1 against Sudan.
Mali will take on Morocco after both teams played to a 1-1 draw in Morocco.
Zambia are the only team alongside the host nation Egypt, to seal their place for the tournament. They qualified against Congo Brazzaville on a 5-4 aggregate score line.
The three top teams in the eight nation tournament will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
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