By AFESEH APONG
Sports writer, Cameroon.
The U23 lions have Cameroon have edged the Carthage Eaglets of Tunisia 1#0 in an away last round qualifiers for the U23 AFCON.
The Olympic lions started the encounter on a good footing, pilling much on the Tunisian. This saw Samuel Oum Gouet and his teammates obtaining two corner kicks in the first five minutes of the game. At the sixth minute, Soni Kevin picked Ignatius Ganago with a pinpoint left footed cross, but Ganago’s header went narrowly wide.
Goalkeeper Aymen Dahmen of Tunisia appeared to have picked a knock, when he went into an airborne collision with Ignatius Ganago, causing play to be temporarily haulted.
Mpindi victor, Martin Hongla and captain Samuel Oum Gouet, did the demolition work at the Midfield, while Soni Kevin and Ayuk Mbu Eric ran riots from the flanks. In one of those quick moves at the 19th minute, Cameroon caught the Tunisian off guard and Mpindi victor fired home his first ever goal in the green, red and yellow colours, to put the U23 lions one goal up.
Cameroon put Tunisia in all sorts of troubles and Victor Mpindi almost added the second at the 26th minute, but his shot went off target.
The Tunisian grow into the game as time went on, but could only manage just one shot on target in 45 minutes.
FIRST HALF STATISTICS.
Tunisia effected their first substitution before the start of the second half, bring in Wajdi Sahli in the place of Mootaz Zemzemi. The Tunisian looked much improved, and Ben Hammouda hit the side netting at the 52nd minute.
Coach Rigobet Song brought in Cheukoua Michel to replace Soni Kevin at the 58th minute, as Goalkeeper Simon Omossola pulled a stunning save to deny the Tunisian from a corner kick.
Central referee Fitial Charel Just Kokolo brandish his first yellow card of the game to Goalkeeper Aymen Dahmen at the 68th minute, for time wasting.
The Tunisian kept knocking, and Hassem Srarfi came close to leveling scores at the 71st minute, only to be denied by Simon Omossola, before Victor Mpindi got into the books of the referee, for a nasty play.
Mvondo Sepp Jean Jules will then replace goal scorer Victor Mpindi, as coach Rigobet Song tried hard to goal a much needed second goal.
Tunisia effected two late substitutions, with Fadaa Raed and Firas Aifia coming in to replace Ben Hammouda and Habib Oueslati respectively, but Cameroon held tight, and Carried the day.
CAMEROON 1#0 TUNISIA.
Rigobert Song and his boys now have a task of going in for the kill in Tunis next week.
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