Yaounde - A new Cameroon team has continued a great start to 2015 Africa Cup of
Nations qualifying by thrashing star-stacked Ivory Coast 4-1 in Yaounde on
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.
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 matchdays.
Congolese bounced back to overcome Sierra Leone 2-0 in Lubumbashi in
another early kick-off and share second place with the Ivorians on three
Sierra Leone, forced to play a home fixture in DR Congo
because of the Ebola crisis, are pointless having lost in Ivory Coast
four days ago.
Germany-born Cameroon coach Volker Finke recently
axed 13 of the World Cup squad that fared disastrously in Brazil three
months ago, including talisman Samuel Eto'o.
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
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.
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
10 minutes later when he slid in to convert a cross.
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.
Christian Atsu netted five minutes from time to give Ghana a 3-2 away victory over Togo after a see-saw west African derby.
Ayite gave Togo an early lead, then headed goals from Asamoah Gyan and
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu put Ghana in front by half-time.
Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor equalised 13 minutes from time and
Atsu won the match with a low shot from outside the box.
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 in Angola thanks to a brace from
Jonathan Pitroipa after Aristide Bance had opened the scoring.
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