By AFESEH APONG
Sports writer Cameroon.
The indomitable lions of Cameroon have played a zero all tie with the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde, in their first game of qualifiers for the 2021 African cup of Nations.
Cameroon started the game looking sharp on their forward moves, with a beautiful combination between Eric Maxime Choupo_Moting and Christian Bassogog.
A great move at the eighth minute from Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui saw him picking out Bassogog, who in turn shifted a perfect pass to Villarreal forward, Toko Ekambi, but the latter’s shot went way off target.
Cape with had to wait for 17 minutes before they could have their first attempt at goal, when Garry Mendes Rodrigues initiated a sharp counter attack, but his shot was nowhere near the goal post. Three minutes later, Mendes again came knocking, but this time around his effort went just centimeters away from the goal post guarded by Andre Onana.
More attacking moves followed especially from the flanks, with Oyongo Bitilo and Fai Collins at the forefront, while Kunde Malong and Zambo Anguissa commanded the midfield authoritatively. Kunde’s free kick shortly before half time, was the closet Cameroon came again before the end of the first segment, but goalkeeper Josimar Dias stayed unbeaten.
CAMEROON 0#0 CAPE VERDE.
Cape Verde led an early offensive in the second half through Garry Mendes who won a corner kick for the Blue Sharks, but no meaningful delivery came from it.
Zambo Anguissa seemed to have been brought down in the Cape Verde’s area, but Gambian referee, Papa Gassama waved play on. Karl Toko Ekambi would then follow with an acrobatic kick at the 55th, but unfortunately could not channel his effort on target.
Cape Verde effected their first substitution of the game at the 56 minute, when Bruno Leite was taken off and replaced by Jamiro Gregory Montero Alvarenga. Coach Antonio Conceição also substituted Moumi Ngamaleu with 2017 AFCON winner, Vincent Aboubakar, who received much applause from the crowd.
Goalkeeper Josimar Dias was at the top of his game, as he pulled a series of serves to deny Cameroon an opener.
Both coaches would then go for more reinforcements, with Ryan Mendes ceding his place to Heldon Ramos for cape Verde, while OGC Nice forward Ignatius Ganago took the place of Christian Bassogog.
Cape Verde defended solidly, and hit on counters, with Julio Tavares missing a chance to put cape Verde in front, at the 80th minute, before he was replaced by Gomes Ricardo.
Cape Verde’s Helders Luis Lopes would then into the referee’s books, following his hard tackle on Choupo Moting.
A late attempt from Antonio Conceição to get a much needed goal, saw him brought in new comer Didier Lamkel ZE to replace captain Eric Maxime choupo Moting, but the Blue Sharks stayed focused as they move away with a precious point from Yaoundé.
CAMEROON 0#0 CAPE VERDE.
It was Conceição’s first game on Cameroonian soil since his appointment, and just his second game with the indomitable lions.
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