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Qualifiers Cameroon set African World Cup record

Last Updated: Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 10:38

London: Cameroon completed a fine recovery after a stuttering start to their World Cup qualifying campaign to reach the finals in South Africa with a 2-0 away win over Morocco on Saturday.

The Indomitable Lions have now qualified for an African-record six World Cup finals appearances.

Cameroon started the final day of Group A action just a point ahead of Gabon but their progress to South Africa was never in any doubt after they scored on 17 minutes against a depleted Morocco.

A shot from Spanish-based Achille Webo caught the home defence unawares.

Samuel Eto`o grabbed the second goal seven minutes into the second half with a shot from the outside of his boot after a header into the penalty box from Jean Makoun. It was his ninth goal in 11 starts in the 2010 qualifiers.

Cameroon had been bottom of the group standings in mid-year, leading to the firing of German coach Otto Pfister.

His replacement, Frenchman Paul LeGuen, engineered the recovery, appointing Eto`o as captain, and won four successive qualifiers to ensure top place in the group.

Cameroon finished on 13 points, four clear after Gabon lost away to Togo who won thanks to a 71st minute goal from Emmanuel Adebayor.

Before the match, Adebayor had promised to double his team mates` match bonus if they won.

Togo finished third in the group to secure an African Nations Cup final berth in Angola in January.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 10:38
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