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Cameroon would miss the 2013 African Cup of Nations again this year for the second consecutive time.

Last year Cameroon was one of the conspicuous absentees at the Nations Cup hosted by next door Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

The Blue Sharks of Cape Verde eliminated the four time winners on a 3-2 aggregate to make their debut in the African football jamboree.

Though the indomitable lions won at home 2-1, this was not enough to qualify them for the Nations cup to be hosted by South Africa.

The handicap in the away leg when the indomitable lions went down 2-0 was the beginning of failure for the team.

Besides, conceding an early goal from Augusto Almeida spot kick dampened the hopes of Cameroon qualifying for the Nations Cup.

Cameroon not only had to score three goals, but need to score four goals.

Though Achille Emana with his frantic and decisive play style leveled scores at the 22 minute, goals did not come afterwards to save the situation.

On resumption in the second half, the team squandered so many chances with Achille Webo shooting wild and Samuel Eto’o hitting the goalpost.

Cameroon dominated for most part of the game and even the shot Fabric Olinga connected from Samuel Eto’o for second at the 95 minute could not save the team.

Despite the non-qualification, Cameroon showed a better handling of the game in the away leg. Jean II Makoun was in his element making the play.

But, players like Webo and Idrissou were seen to be under expectation.

Many a Cameroonians think that if the younger generation was replaced earlier in the game the situation would have been different.

Meanwhile, before the game commenced there was drama in the field when Nicolas Nkoulou removed the captain ban and handed to Samuel Eto’o to the admiration of fans.

A fan fell during the game and was taken to hospital and there is no telling what actually happened.

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