• Visiting Cameroon beat Mozambique to go six points clear the top of Group F.
• Vincent Aboubakar and Super sub Serge Tabekou were on target as the Lions clinched their third straight victory of the 2021 Afcon qualifiers despite a frustrating goalless draw with Cape Verde Island on match day one.
By Beng Emmanuel
Cameroon captain Vincent Aboubakar and substitute Serge Tabekou scored to help the Indomitable Lions beat Mozambique 2-0 to go six points clear the top of Group F and extend their unbeaten run under Portuguese gaffer Antonio Conceicao.
The host had not suffered a home defeat in the last two years at the Zimpeto National Stadium in Mapotu and are yet to record a win against the five time African champions.
Coach Toni Conceicao made five changes with the squad that humiliated Mozambique 4-1 during the first leg game at the Reunification Stadium after Franck Zambo Anguissa and Arnaud Djoum some players were reported to have tested positive to covid-19.
Vincent Aboubakar almost opened the score line for the visitors from Nicolas Ngamaleu’s cut back barely two minutes into the game but his free header narrowly missed target.
Cameroon’s dominance was short lived as Mozambique battle to make possession count which helped them obtain a penalty kick but missed the chance to lead the game after Reginaldo Faife’s shot hit the post and was cleared off promptly. That was the closest they had come to threaten their Central African rivals.
Aboubakar put his side ahead with an excellent finish having majestically controlled the ball from Nicolas Ngamaleu’s cross with class and curled in his third goal in the qualifiers to help Cameroon take a first half lead.
Serge Tabekou came off the bench to seal a win for Cameroon tapping in from Ngamaleu’s inch perfect right cross to score his first goal for the national team.
Mozambique had numerous glaring goal scoring chances to level scores and even inspire themselves to a comeback but were largely wasteful and inglorious in their finishes.
The team also had defensive issues conceding six goals in just two games. Their defeat leaves them second of the group while waiting for the outcome of the Rwanda- Cape Verde clash this Tuesday.
Cameroon recorded their third consecutive win at the 2021 Afcon qualifiers and are unbeaten in their last five fixtures. They will face Cape Verde and Rwanda in their final two group games, although they are already qualified for the 2021 Afcon as host.
The continental football tournament will be staged in 2022.
Mozambique 0-2 Cameroon
26min-Vincent Aboubakar(Ass- Nicolas Ngamaleu)
73min-Serge Tabekou (Ass-Nicolas Ngamaleu)