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2018 World Cup qualifier: Cameroon defeats Algeria for pride

The Indomitable Lions coach Hugo Broos’ dream has come true in preventing his team from being at the last position in their group at the end of the 2018 World Cup qualifier. Cameroon , along with their North African opponents had already seen their Word Cup hopes go up in smoke with two rounds of fixtures still remaining, but each team did its best for pride.

 

Njie Clinton

Cameroon beat Group B rivals Algeria 2-0 in a 2018 Fifa World Cup (CAF) qualifier at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé on Saturday, for their first win of the campaign. Clinton Njié and Franck Pangop made  the Indomitable Lions proud. In very stiff encounter, between two teams battling for dignity and world ranking points only, the reigning African champions triumphed.

On the part of the Fennec Foxes, being defeat again highlights a disappointing qualifying campaign as the came out with just a single point from five matches. El Arabi Soudani missed  three golden chances for the Algerians on the day, in a largely frustrating encounter for the visitors who dropped both Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani for the match in the Cameroon capital.

Njié opened the scoring for the hosts after 25 minutes. The Indomitable Lions profiting from a wayward pass as the French-based forward pierced the Algerian defence before providing a cool finish on his return to the national set-up. At the interval Cameroon was leading with a goal.

In the 88th minute, Pangop added more glory to the indomitable lions after emerging off the bench in place of Njié.

In Uyo, Nigeria confirmed their place at next year’s showpiece in Russia following a 1-0 win over Zambia. Alex Iwobi with the only goal of the encounter.

Cameroon, the reigning African champions, have conjured six points in the campaign.

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