Cameroon national team, the Indomitable Lions joined Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire as the representatives of Africa in the 2014 World Cup after securing a 4 – 1 home win against Tunisia in the capital city Yaounde today
As predicted by this blog in yesterday’s pre-match analysis, Cameroon needed to score first to ensure Tunisia doesn’t steal the show and spoil the party, before playing tactical and defensive for the referee’s final whistle.
Pierre Webo’s opener just 3 minutes into the game was a team booster before Benjamin Moukandjo’s well worked out enthralling second goal at the half of the hour gave the deafening home fans something to hope for in the first half.
Playing better than in the first leg encounter in Rades, Tunisia, the Lions dominated the first half as the wings and midfield were fortified making it taut for the visitors from North Africa to make a breakthrough.
The second half was different as the Lions were playing with complacent before a Tunisia’s substitute caught the keeper and the defenders flat-footed with a strike and goal that changed the feat and fate of Cameroon.
However, Cameroon’s head coach Volker Finke replaced Webo the first goal scorer with Cameroon-German born Joel Matip of Schalke 04, who gave the Tunisia hard times in the away first leg in Rades a month ago.
The timely substitution seemed to have restored in the winning formula as Jean Makoun brought back the hope of a possible place in Brazil with a third from a header from a corner.
The Tunisians ignored Makoun looking at his height and left him unmarked deep into their own box only to pick the ball from their own net.
With Cameroon ahead again, the Tunisia lost concentration and form as the Lions continued to look for more goals before Makoun again scored his second of the tie.
The first African country to reach the quarter-finals in a FIFA world Cup in 1990, Cameroon would be flying to South America next year with a rich repertoire of World Cup experience.
Although the Lions have struggled for years to find its winning performance, they might go beyond the group stage if more work is done after today’s easy win and qualification.
Allez les Lions.