By Angu Lesley
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Indomitable of Lions Cameroon and Mainz midfielder Pierre Kunde Malong was once again a standout performer in Cameroon’s disappointing goalless draw against Rwanda in the last group F game of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.
The boys of António Conceição fired blanks against 10-man Amavubi of Rwanda in their first outing at the Japoma Omnisport Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Coming into the game, Cameroon had the obligation to right the wrongs of Praia having lost 3-1 in their last outing.
Cameroon’s Portuguese gaffer made sweeping changes but kept a starting spot for Kunde in the second consecutive game highlighting his importance to his plans.
The 25-year old was simply commanding in the new offensive midfield role making a number of incisive runs and picking pocket of spaces in the Rwandan backline.
Though on multiple occasions Kunde wasn’t allowed the space to display his trademark long range shots, he remained a menace to the plans of coach Vincent Mashami.
The midfielder hit the target on two occasions across the 84 minutes he was on the pitch but on his 19th appearance for country he was denied a second consecutive international goal.
Kunde was replaced by Man Ykre in the 84th minute and the hundred of dignitaries present manifested their satisfaction by offering a standing ovation to the Mainz midfielder.
Cameroon finish the international break with a draw and a defeat in two games but win Group F with 11 points.
The Indomitable Lions players will return to their respective Clubs from this Wednesday and only return in June 2021 to prepare for the start of the 2022 FIFA world cup qualifiers.
Kunde who hasn’t played for Mainz since last December is expected to take his country performance to Club when he returns to Germany.
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