Cameroon edge out Libya into 3rd and decisive qualifier round

Cameroon v Libya

Cameroon v Libya

Cameroon yesterday beat Libya by 1-0 in Yaoundé to claim the last of ten places for the third and decisive round of qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The lone goal of the encounter was scored by Aurelien Chedjou just before the break after he rose highest to head in from a Samuel Eto’o Fils corner at the 42nd minute of the game watch by over 80 000 spectators at the Amadou Ahidjo Stadium.

Cameroon went into the match knowing a draw would be good enough thanks to Togo's use of a suspended player – Alexis Romao – when the two teams met in June.

The result means Cameroon bags home 13 points four ahead of Libya and move into the decisive 3rd round qualifier where they would come up against a more formidable opponent.  Other group winners to qualify for the two-legged play-offs are Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Senegal.

 The draw will take place in Cairo on 16 September, with the top 5 teams in the FIFA ranking to be release on the 12th of September being seeded. The top teams would then play one of the five unseeded team in a two legged encounter October and November this year for the final five places reserved for Africa.

The top five teams into the next round of the qualifier according to the current ranking are Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, and Cape Verde, with only Mali 3rd on the continent not making it into the final round.

Following the points system used to calculate the ranking, it’s very difficult for Cameroon ranked 8th on the continent, and 7th amongst the qualified team to make it into the top five, leaving Cameroonian fans the prospect of a potential showdown against the likes of Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana or Algeria and Cape Verde. But one thing Cameroonian fans would be glad of is that they have avoided Egypt in the next round. The five unseeded teams are Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Senegal and Ethopia, with only Burkina Faso likely to change camp.

By Abongwa Fozo

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