Cameroon has qualified for the knock-out stage of Qatar 2022 world cup qualifiers after finishing on a high with a lone goal scored by Karl Toko Ekambi against Cote d’Ivoire at the Japoma Stadium in Douala on Tuesday Night and finishing top of Group D with 15 points.
Another breakthrough for the indomitable lions of Cameroon as the hearts and minds of many Cameroonians still glitters from the indispensable victories recorded by the Lions.
Drawing inspirations from their previous group game in Johannesburg leaving the Flames of Malawi in a similar fate of 4-0, on Saturday 13th November 2022. The Lions could not do anything less back at home.
The match was anticipated to be a difficult one for both teams as many had predicted. Cameroon needed just a goal and three points to make it to the next round of the qualifiers while Cote Divoire needed just a draw to go through to the next round but the lions proved their supremacy in Douala with Karl Toko Ekambi 20min goal making the difference
Cote d’Ivoire playing at the Japoma Stadium for the first time with little of their fan had a lot to worry about as over 90 percent of the fans were made of Cameroonian.
Coach Antonio Conceicao and his boys played fantasy football in the first segment of the game with all eleven players involved in the game physically and tactically. Despite Nouhou Tolo taking off in the 5min due to injury, the lions still stood solid at the back with a switch of Fai Collins to the left-back and substitute Olivier Mbaizo to the right-back
The former Portuguese player and head coach of the Cameroon national team, Antonio Conceicao who thought a reshuffle and substitute of players like Jean Onana with Martin Honga could have been better for the lions, all efforts for the Ivorians to get an equalizer went in vain as the Lions left them in a pull of tears packing their bags heading home, while the Lions continues with preparations for the Qatar jamboree to be played in 2022
Cameroon ended Cote d’Ivoire 11 games on beating run in Douala as they had not lost a match since their defeat against Japan in 2020. However, history could not repeat itself as had denied Cameroon the chance to qualify for the world cup in 2004 it was time for Cameroon to pay back.
This victory means Cameroon will either meet Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia, or Nigeria in the knock out stage previewed for March 2022