Cameroon FIFA WCQ: Aboubakar Inspires Cameroon To Victory Against Cape Verde

Cameroon defeated Cape Verde Islands 4-1 in their World Cup qualifier in Yaounde on Saturday, with captain Vincent Aboubakar scoring twice.

The victory brings them level with Libya at the top of Group D, with seven points from their first three matches in the preliminaries for the next round.

Cameroon took the lead in the 13th minute through centre back Michael Ngadeu, who returned to the team after a two-year absence.

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The left flank also assisted on a second goal 12 minutes later, with a strong cross that Aboubakar converted from close range as the opposing defence retreated off.

Jamiro Monteiro saved a goal in the 37th minute by racing in behind the home defence and getting to the ball before keeper Andre Onana.

A foul on Ngamaleu by Deroy Duarte three minutes later resulted in a penalty for Cameroon, which Aboubakar converted to restore their two-goal lead.

The Indomitable Lions went ahead 4-1 in the 54th minute when Ngadeu headed forward a cross into the opposing area and Nouhou Tolo finished it off.

Onana completed the home side’s day by saving Kevin Pina’s stoppage-time penalty.

Cameroon has been in more World Cups than any other African country, but its campaign for a ninth trip in North America in 2026 was jeopardised by a feud between the country’s football federation and sports ministry.

The government, which pays the coach’s wage, appointed Belgian Marc Brys as new coach in April, much to the dismay of football federation president Samuel Eto’o, who was not consulted on the topic.

He initially rejected Brys, then succumbed to political pressure and accepted the appointment, but he wanted some of his own candidates added to the technical team.

After several weeks of posturing and power manoeuvres, including denying the team access to training equipment, a solution was reached.


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