The Post (Buea)

Cameroon/Congo-Brazzaville: Congolese National Team Beat Mt Cameroon in Friendly

The national team of Congo-Brazzaville, known as the Red Devils, Saturday, August 27, at the Molyko Omnisport Stadium Buea, beat Mount Cameroon FC 2-1 in an international friendly.The Red Devils, who are currently fourth in Group I of the current 2006 CAN/World Cup eliminatories, used the encounter as a dress rehearsal ahead of their crucial qualifier game slated for Bamako, against Mali on September 4.

Togo is topping the chart with 17 points followed by Zambia 16 and Senegal 15 while Congo is fourth with only 10 points and Mali fifth with five points.

Congo's head coach, Gaston Tchangana, told The Post that the Red Devils are using all available materials to snatch a ticket for the 2006 African Nations Cup billed for Egypt.

The Red Devils, according to Gaston, have been camping at the Kadji Sports Academy, Douala. "This is our third time to camp in Douala. This squad is made up of local players, but six professional players will join the team before we leave for Bamako," Gaston said.

In the encounter, Mount Cameroon FC's Pando opened scores in the 12th minute when he connected home a well-taken cross from the right flank by Edwin with the defenders of the visitors caught off guard. Pando nearly increased tally five minutes later but his left shot missed the post by some inches.

The Red Devils' attack force employed long range and swift football, which paid off at the 29th minute when Djimbi was fouled in the vital area for a penalty and Flakembeu converted it for the equaliser.

The goal brought life into the game of the Red Devils who abandoned their defensive approach and pushed more men forward, creating some anxious moments for the defence men of Mount Cameroon FC.

Upon resumption, Mount Cameroon FC brought in a new 11-man squad that resorted to poor passes and lack of coherent style.

Red Devils proved their superiority up-front when they bombarded the goal area of Mount Cameroon with intermittent shots. These were orchestrated by Djimbi and Flakembeu with props from the midfield.

Djimbi scored the winning goal for the visitors at the 79th minute when he darted pass two defenders thanks to a long range cross, to slot it into the net.

At half time, Congo Brazzaville's keeper, Kevi Onduana, told The Post, " This is the first time we are coming to Buea. It has been so good out here. We were well received.

We played a tie in our first friendly with CIRTEF of Douala and now with Mount Cameroon FC in Buea. We look forward to winning out there. I think we will win in Bamako."

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