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Tokyo 2020 qualifiers: Ajara scores as Cameroon beat Ivory Coast to reach fifth round

By Beng Emmanuel

Nchout Njoya Ajara scored a late penalty to help Cameroon beat Ivory Coast 2-1 at the Ahmadou Ahidjou Stadium in Yaoundé, as Cameroon gained qualification for the fifth and final round of the Tokyo 2020 qualifiers.

The Ivorians who have been quite successful with African power houses were poised to repeat their previous exploits against Cameroon on Tuesday having booted out reigning African champions Nigeria on their travel after a goalless first leg in Abidjan.

Cameroon went ahead at the 28th minute through Charlene Meyong excellent finish which gave the Lionesses the lead at the break.

The second half produced more fireworks as Ivory Coast got a shock equalizer just two minute into the second half from Rebecca Amon.

Coach Alain Djeumfa and girls’ Olympic ambitions almost crumbled but fought to produce good opportunities to give their opponents a stressful afternoon.

Nchout Njoya Ajara neatly converted a late penalty to restore Cameroon’s lead against the Ivorians.

It is her 5th goal in the last 6 games for Cameroon.

The 2016 Vice African Champions will face Zambia in the fifth round.

They will play host to the Shepolopolo of Zambia in Yaoundé on January 13, 2020 with the return leg a week later in Lusaka.

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