Cameroon has rekindled its world cup hopes by edging Gabon 2 goals to 1 this afternoon, in a day four qualifier for the World Cup 2010, and the African Cup of Nations. The goals scored midway into both halves of the game came from Jean II Makoun (plays club football for Olympique Lyonnais France) and Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan, Italy). The first goal came at the 24th minute of the first half, and the second at the 23rd minute of the second half. The Gabonese goal was scored by Daniel Cousin in the final moments of the game.
The win lifts Cameroon to the top of pool A in the Africa zone. Cameroon now has 7pts ahead of Gabon 6pts, Togo 5pts and Morocco 3pts.
Gabonese head coach Alain Giresse and fans still believe in their chances to make it to the South Africa world cup. Speaking at the post-match press conference, Mr. Giresse said “Cameroon’s victory cannot be contested”. He however said his team still hopes to win its last two games and qualify for the World Cup. This will mean Cameroon may stumble against Togo or Morocco.
A second goal from new team captain Samuel Eto’o in the last two games has renewed the love lost between most fans and the striker.
The overall team play of the Indomitable Lions has improved remarkably, with beautiful offensive play that drew applause more than once from the home fans.
Emana, Webo and Eto’o all showed of what mettle they are made, while new striker, Alo’o Efoulou came into the second half to brighten the game with some scintillating dribbles. The return of Alexandre Song from suspension, also stabilized the midfield, giving the other players more leverage.
The young stalwarts Nicholas Nkoulou in central defense, Aurelien Chedjou in midfield, all showed the are reliable teammates, on whom coach Paul Le Guen can count.