By Jude Niba and Wilson Nana
The “return” of Lions star goal scorer Samuel Eto’o Fils made little difference as they managed to pull a virgin draw (0-0) during yesterday’s October 13 2013 first round qualifying matches for next year’s Brazil world cup. The Lions might only be 90 minutes from qualifying for Brazil 2014 if they can hold their head and score goals during the return leg.
German Coach Volker Finke started the match in Rades Tunisa with Eto’o Fils as the lone striker. The Tunisians lost several scoring opportunities in the first half as former Liverpool stopper, Itandji held them at bay
The lions latter settled into the game with some good interchange in midfield between song, Enow, Matip and Makoun in the midfield.
Cameroon’s best chance at goal occurred 35th minutes into the match when Eto’o Fils cut in from the left wing and played in Makoun who side footed wide 8 yards from the goal post. It was a tense first half
The second half was even with both sides coming close to scoring. The Lions again missed another good scoring opportunity at the 70th minute following some brilliant play between Makoun, Eto’o and Webo
Nkolou and chedjou frustrated any attempts by the Tunisians to score
The draw means the team needs to work a lot harder during the return match because the away goal rule means the Tunisians will have a tactical advantage if they score during the record leg.
Supporters of the team are now used to the erratic performance of the four time African nations cup winners who managed to achieve an all-time low when little known Cape Verde beat them to qualify for the African Nations cup earlier this year.
Senegal, Nigeria and Burkina Faso fared a bit better and will qualify for Brazil 2014 if they manage to maintain their first round victories. African Champions Nigeria, one of the few teams with a national coach (Stephen Keshi) beat Ethiopia 2-1 in Addis Ababa and with a very vocal home support base, are expected to pick one of the five available tickets from Africa.
Didier Drogba helped the elephants of Ivory Coast in their 3-1 victory over Senegal when he opened up scores through a penalty. Senegal will need more than luck to overturn this during the return leg.
The Black Stars of Ghana will clash with the Pharaohs of Egypt tomorrow Tuesday October 15 2013 in the last of the first round matches in Kumasi, Ghana