Anye Nde Nsoh and Angu Lesley
Sports Writers kick442.com Cameroon
Indomitable Lions of coach António Conceição have suffered a 3#1 defeat from the Blue sharks of Cape Verde in the fifth game of AFCON qualifiers.
The boys of coach António Conceição Da Silva recorded an unfortunate 3-1 defeat away to Cape Verde Island this Friday at the Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde.
Kunde Malone opened scores for the lions but was later evened and proceeded to a win by Cape Verde to the detriment of the lions.
A 14th-minute strike from midfield kingpin Pierre Kunde Malong who scored from a set-piece he won plus.
The Lions came into the game in full confidence having won in their previous two away in the ongoing qualifiers.
Vincent Aboubakar conjured the first real effort on target for the Lions in the seventh minute when from an almost impossible angle he tested goal Josimar Dias, who pushed the ball away for a corner.
The Cameroon side kept pressing forcing the ball deep in the Cape Verdean half for most of the opening 10 minutes.
Kunde Malong won a set piece from 34 meters out and had a short conversation with captain Vincent Aboubakar before unleashing an unstoppable ball into the top of the net to make it 1-0 for Cameroon after 14 minutes.
Ten minutes later, Carlos Miguel Perreira Fernandes leveled scores with a close-range effort after he was left unmarked on the edge of the box.
The game evened with both sides multiplying efforts to put passes together but on more occasions than not they were stopped by the wind.
The score stayed even till the break.
Upon return for the second segment, desperate Cape Verdians struggling to escape the bottom spot in Group F, dominated most of the playtime setting confusion in the lion’s den.
The Cape Verdean returned for the second segment looking sharper especially as they were on the windward side.
15 minutes into the second half determined Blue Sharks through a one, two, and interpositional move, ending up with a 2#1 lead from an own goal by Macky Bagnack.
In an attempt to cancel the 2#0 defeat by Cape Verde on Cameroon in 2009, the Lions did all they could but their efforts were Waterloo by host nation netting the third goal, 70 minutes through a straight kick from Ryan Mendes.
Scoreboard set at 3#1, all attempts made, scoring chances, set pieces, and the front move did not change the scores.
Cape Verde 3#1 Cameroon
Cameroon leads group F with 10 points followed by Cape Verde with seven points. The lions will then face the Amavubis of Rwanda in their next qualification battle, while Cape Verde will take on Mozambique.
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