Host country of CHAN 2020, Cameroon successfully entered the competition by winning against Zimbabwe (1-0) at home at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé this Saturday for the opener.
Clearly domineering but not very dangerous except for a disagreement between the opposing goalkeeper and a defender who landed on Soga’s open header in the second minute, the Indomitable Lions A ’stepped on the accelerator after the break. Captain Jacques Zoua’s missile fired right next to the post, then Meyong’s strike ended in Sibanda’s arms. Faced with completely harmless Warriors, the Cameroonians began to think they were cursed when opposing captain Nekati pushed Tchuente’s header back and especially when Meyong made a huge misfires with a header at the far post.
To materialize their domination, Martin Ndtoungou Mpile’s men finally relied on a free kick struck by Andoulo and concluded with an acrobatic kickback by defender Banga who freed an entire country after a delivery from Ndjeng (1-0, 72nd )! The Zimbabweans may well complain about a supposed hand of the decisive passer, the referee validated the goal. Despite another misfire from Tchuente who shot Sibanda, the locals did not shake and scored a logical success that would have been clearer with more efficiency. Mali and Burkina Faso meet for a West African derby at 8 p.m. in the other group A match.