The indomitable Lions of Cameroon this evening succumbed to the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde 2-0 during the first leg Nations Cup qualifier match in Praia.
The players of Denis Lavagne would have to turn the tides in two weeks by winning the Blue Sharks 3-0 to dream of taking part in the 2013 African Nations Cup in South Africa.
The Lions were the big absentee of the 2012 African Nations Cup in 2012 hosted by neighboring Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
The team has been witnessing dwindling results and the recent FIFA 61 position from 59 is a pointer that football is sick in Cameroon.
Many point accusing fingers at the federation, like Samuel Eto’o, attributing this to “amateurism and bad management”.
Coach Denis Lavagne’s contract expires next month, and by this defeat, he knows he is on his way out if the Lions finally do not qualify for the African Nations Cup.
The match showed the lapses in all the compartments with a porous right flank. With the inaccurate defense, Idriss Carlos Kameni was taken off guard with an early goal.
Upfront, the lone striker, Eric Maxim Choupo Moting was not in the game as the Blue Sharks did their homework, keeping him in check and off their danger zone.
Not able to learn from the first half, the Lions conceded a second goal, weakening their chances of leveling scores. The Lions struggled in vain to score a goal despite the substitutions made with Achille Emana and Aboubakar Oumarou.
The team returns to Senegal this night en route to Egypt for the friendly on September 11, says team press officer, Linus Pascal Fouda.
Information from the Cameroon Football Federation on Friday indicated that the signed contract for the friendly was still awaited from the Egyptian Federation.
The absence of Samuel Eto’o made the Egyptian federation to drag its feet about the friendly as the match may no longer attract a heavy attendance and profit expected.