Cameroon sink Zambia in Afcon warm-up
Cameroon warmed up for the 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations with a 2-1 victory over Zambia in an international friendly on Sunday evening.
The Indomitable Lions named line-up fill with European-based players as preparation to defend their AFCON title began in earnest while the recently crowned COSAFA Cup champions, Zambia, brought in a few Under-23 players.
The West African side drew first blood in the third minute through Wolfsburg midfielder Paul-Georges Ntep as the defending champions settled early on.
Clarence Seedorf’s charges, who were holding camp at the Spanish giants Real Madrid’s facilities in Valdebebas, managed to take the lead in to the break against a youthful Zambian side.
The second stanza was a contrast of the first period as Cameroon increased their intensity in attack despite a handful of substitutions after the hour-mark.
Portugal -based striker Joel Tagueu doubled the lead for the Indomitable Lions in the 73rd minute with another close range strike towards the roof of the net after a good build up.
Black Leopards forward Mwape Musonda pulled a goal back for Chipolopolo with 13 minutes remaining with close range finish to set up a nervy finish.
However, Seedorf’s troops were able to see out the remaining stages of the half to secure the win.
Cameroon will have another friendly against Spanish second-tier side AD Alcorcon before will jet off to Doha in Qatar afterwards to hold a second training camp.
The defending champions have been pitted against Benin, Ghana and Guinea-Bissau in Group F at the AFCON tournament which starts on June 21.