By Angu Lesley
Nchout Njoya Ajara scored a 91st minute winner to give Cameroon a narrow one-nil win against the Central Africa Republic this Wednesday in one of the second round qualifiers fixture for the 2022 African cup of Nations penciled for next year in Morocco.
The lethal finisher was the difference between the gritty Central African side and their unconvincing Cameroonian visitors in the away game for Cameroon which was played in Japoma.
The Lionesses in their first outing at the newly-constructed Japoma Stadium struggled to get going with coach Zabo’s really lacking in some aspects of the game.
The 4-4-3 formation with Kameni Alice, Aboudi Onguene and Nchout Njoya Ajara in attack was carefully marshalled by the strong backline put up by the host.
Though there were chances for both sides in the opening 45 minutes, the teams retired for the half-time break with the score being goalless.
Upon resumption for the both trainers made changes with Cameroon’s Gabriel Zabo Toze being the busier in terms of substitutions.
The introduction of Mbengono Catherine, Nana Tchapchet amongst others made Cameroon sharper in attack.
It was until the 91st minute that Nchout Njoya Ajara scored with the last attack of the game to the disappointment of coach Christelle Majoka of the Central Africa Republic.
Central Africa Republic 0-1 Cameroon
Nchout Njoya Ajara 90+1′
The Lionesses will take the one goal advantage into the return-leg game later this week.
Cameroon will confront the same opponent at the same venue on Sunday in the return-leg game of the qualifiers for next year’s AFCON tournament in Morocco.
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