Cameroon wins first World Cup qualifier against Congo
June 4, 2012
The 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches are underway, and Cameroon is already seeing success. The African nation, along with Senegal and Ivory Coast, won its opening qualifier on Saturday, according to FOXSports.
The Indomitable Lions went up against the national team from the Democratic Republic of Congo and came out on top by scoring the only goal of the game. AllAfrica reports striker Choupo Moting scored the point for the Lions with a penalty kick 55 minutes into the game. Moting has risen to the top when it comes to scoring goals, as captain Samuel Eto'o is still suspended from playing after a series of controversies earlier this year.
While this first victory has left many Cameroonians with high hopes for the team, the game also revealed there are many areas the Lions will need to work on if they want to advance further in the World Cup qualifiers.
"We're won the game, this is a good start for us," Lions coach Denis Lavange told Reuters. "But much still remains to be done. We need to press from the beginning to the end."
In the first half of the game, Congo's team had two shots on goal - both of which were saved by goaltender Idriss Carlos Kameni, according to Reuters. While Cameroon came out of the match with the win, they have some work to do before their next qualifying match against Libya on June 10. With less than a week remaining until the next match, the Lions will likely need to put emphasis on filling the gap left by Eto'o's absence on the offensive line.