Lions devour Elephants, Nigeria held

first_imgCameroon, Algeria, Congo Brazzaville, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Senegal and Tunisia achieved back-to-back victories while Egypt are in trouble after successive defeats.Defending champions Nigeria maintained their record of never losing nor conceding a goal against South Africa in a competitive match by forcing a 0-0 Cape Town stalemate. It was a crucial away point for the Super Eagles after a stunning home defeat by Congo last Saturday.Algeria snatched a 1-0 win over Mali in Blida, Congo defeated Sudan 2-0 in Pointe-Noire, Burkina Faso romped to a 3-0 win over Angola in Luanda and Cape Verde edged 2012 champions Zambia 2-1 in Praia. Senegal triumphed 2-0 over Botswana in Gaborone and Tunisia beat record seven-time champions Egypt 1-0 in Cairo, leaving the pointless Pharaohs bottom of Group G.Cameroon opened their Group D campaign with a 2-0 victory in the Democratic Republic of Congo last Saturday and have a three-point lead after two match days. The Congolese bounced back to overcome Sierra Leone 2-0 in Lubumbashi and share second place with the Ivorians on three points. Sierra Leone, forced to play a home fixture in DR Congo because of the Ebola crisis, are pointless having lost in Côte d’Ivoire four days ago.Stars axedGermany-born Cameroon coach Volker Finke recently axed 13 of the FIFA World Cup squad that fared poorly in Brazil three months ago, including talisman Samuel Eto’o.Record four-time African Footballer of the Year Eto’o retired from international football a week later, and young stars N’Jie and Aboubakar have taken up the mantle. They have scored three goals each in two qualifiers and both came close to hat-tricks against an Ivorian side lucky to escape with only a three-goal defeat at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo.Cameroon had a goal disallowed, struck the woodwork and came close to scoring several other times in a display reminiscent of the great Lions teams that won the African title four times. A deflection off a defender helped N’Jie put Cameroon ahead on 15 minutes only for Toure to level ten minutes later when he slid in to convert a cross.Aboubakar intercepted a headed back-pass to fire past veteran goalkeeper Boubacar Barry and give the home team a 2-1 half-time lead. A loose ball was hammered home by Aboubakar on 54 minutes and he set up N’Jie to score with an unstoppable close-range shot 14 minutes from time.Ghana edge Togo on roadChristian Atsu netted five minutes from time to earn Ghana a 3-2 away victory over Togo after a see-saw west African derby.Jonathan Ayite gave Togo an early lead, then headed goals from Asamoah Gyan and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu put Ghana in front by half-time. Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor equalised 13 minutes from time and Atsu won the match with a low shot from outside the box.Victory for Ghana after a disappointing home draw with Uganda relieved pressure on coach Kwesi Appiah amid media speculation that a defeat would have seen him fired.Burkina Faso, runners-up to Nigeria in the 2013 Cup of Nations final, triumphed 3-0 thanks to a brace from Jonathan Pitroipa after Aristide Bance had opened the scoring.Atusaye Nyondo bagged a brace as Malawi edged Ethiopia 3-2 in a Blantyre battle of Group B teams who lost their opening matches to Mali and Algeria respectively.-FIFA.com0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ZURICH, August 11- A new look Cameroon team continued a great start to 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying by thrashing star-stacked Côte d’Ivoire 4-1 in Yaounde.Clinton N’Jie and Vincent Aboubakar scored twice each for the Indomitable Lions with reigning African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure on target for the Elephants. last_img