14 October 2012

Nigeria/Senegal: Cameroon, Senegal Crash Out

Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images-Stanbic
Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon and Chris Katongo of Zambia with Referee officals during the African Nations Cup match between Cameroon and Zambia .

Certainly, these are hard days for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, as the former African champions were knocked of the African Cup of Nations by Cape Verde Islands, a country of 523,000 people and not up to the population of Oshodi Local Government in Nigeria.

Cape Verde stopped Cameroon from staging a come back to the tournament they missed in 2012.

Despite having captain Samuel Eto'o back in the squad, Cameroon failed to cancel a 2-0 win over the feared five-time champions in the first leg. The Second leg encounter ended in Yaounde 2-1 thus leaving the Cameroonians stranded with a 3-2 aggregate score.

Cameroon fans were shocked to their marrows when Cape Verde opened scoring in the 12 minute. And midway into the half, the Indomitable Lions responded through Emana, while Idrissou scored the winner for Cameroon on the dot of 90 minute. Camerounians trooped out of the stadium before the final whistle and perhaps it was an end of an era for Cameroon regarded as one of the best teams in Africa.

Senegal, another African power house were also dumped from the 2013 Nations Cup. However, they suffered in the hands of African number one team on the FIFA rankings, Cote' d Ivoire.

Senegal were beaten 4-2 in the first leg by the Elephants, but at the Stade Leopold Senghor in Dakar all hopes of a revival were dashed after the Ivorians drew the first blood and captain Didier Drogba scored from the spot to seal a 6-2 aggregate score for the 2012 runners up. The match was not concluded as Senegalese fans turned violent.

Copyright © 2012 Vanguard. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.