· The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have raised their hopes of progressing to next year’s play-off round after an emphatic win against Malawi.
By Beng Emmanuel
Cameroon have maintained their chances of qualifying for the play-off round of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after dismantling 10-man Malawi 4-0 at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg to temporarily move back to the top of group D.
Vincent Aboubakar broke the deadlock before Franck Zambo Anguisssa scored a stunner at the brink of halftime to double the advantage. 2017 Africa Cup of Nations MVP Christian Bassogog came off the bench to score a second half brace within three minutes to help Cameron earn a precious win.
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon started their penultimate group D world Cup qualifiers knowing that a win will keep them in the race. Coach Antonio Conceicao made numerous chances with several players out for injury and health reasons while Andre Onana started for the first time since coming back from his year-long doping ban and kept a clean sheet on his return.
Cameroon dominated possession in the opening stage and created the first opening in the 2nd minute when Nicolas Ngamaleu fired the Ball at the roof of the net. The visitors continued to exert more pressure on the Flames who suffered an early setback when Christopher Banda was sent off after he handled the ball on the goal line. Vincent Aboubakar stepped up for the resulting penalty kick and converted to put Cameroon ahead.
Olympic of Lyon inform striker Kark Toko Ekambi and Micheal Ngadeu-who was on target against Malawi in the first leg-almost scored their second goal of the World Cup qualifying campaign but Brighton Munthali produce some important saves to keep them at bay.
The Indomitable Lions did not ease up and made full advantage of their numerical prowess. They doubled their led after a terrific combination that saw Zambo Anguissa score from Ngamaleu’s corner kick.
Cameroon took things easier in the second half but still dominated the game. Although there was a lot of contrast in their form they scored two more through Christian Bassogog.
The win sets-up an enthralling final against Ivory Coast on November 16 in Douala with the winner to qualify for next year’s playoffs where Africa’s five representatives at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be known.
Ivory Coast host Mozambique in the other group game. A win for the Elephants will take them back to the top of the table while waiting for the winner-takes-all contest at the Japoma Stadium next Tuesday, November 15, 2021.
Malawi 0-4 Cameroon
Vincent Aboubakar 23′, Zambo Anguissa 41′, Christian Bassogog 85′, 87′
Group D Standings
2. Ivory Coast-10pts