Cameroon took one step further towards the quarter-final of the African Nations Cup, leaving themselves one point off of qualification after they beat Guinea-Bissau 2-1.
A tournament which has lacked goals and overall quality went into the second round of fixtures as Hugo Broos’ men met tournament debutants, Guinea-Bissau.
Shock qualifiers Guinea Bissau drew their opening game against a strong Gabon side, and things got even better after just 13 minutes played. Braga midfielder Piqueti scored a fantastic solo goal as the Guineans shocked African football.
Guinea-Bissau weren’t settling for one, though, as despite the Cameroonian possession, they required a goal line clearance from eventual match-winner Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui to prevent them from going 2-0 down, which would have meant they would have needed all three points against Burkina Faso if they were to qualify again.
Going back to the first half, which had passed without much incident, as Cameroon had only a couple of chances to get themselves back on level terms. Firstly, on-loan Tottenham striker, Clinton N’Jie drew an easy save from goalkeeper Jonas Mendes and 24 year-old Vincent Aboubakar spurned a brilliant opportunity which ensured the underdogs went in at half time at 1-0 ahead.
Idrissa Camara came close off the bench as Guinea-Bissau looked to sucker punch the four time tournament winners.
Eventually, Cameroonian pressure paid off as Senegal-born Sebastien Siani struck the equaliser – a tidy finish past Mendes.
The onus was then on Cameroon to score the next goal and they continued their relentless pressure on the inexperienced minnows. Then, with 12 minutes remaining, Ngadeu-Ngadjui got the all important winner for Cameroon, who now top Group A, after Gabon and Burkina Faso drew.
Cameroon need one point against Gabon to qualify, Guinea-Bissau need to win to keep their hopes alive.