2023 U-17AFCON qualifiers: Cameroon stun Central Africa Republic, edge closer to Algeria.

Cameroon’s U-17 Lions have moved a step towards qualifying for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in that category after thrashing Central African Republic, CAR, 4-0 in their first game in the Central African Football Federation Union, UNIFFAC qualifiers.

The match played at the Limbe Omnisport stadium yesterday was the opening game in the qualification tournament grouping three countries. 

Coach Jean Pierre Fiala Fiala’s boys were merciless against a Central Africa team that put up stiff resistance in the first 35 minutes of the game.

Akamba Collins of Ecole de Football Brasseries du Cameroon, EFBC, opened scoring for Cameroon on 36 minutes after the baby Lions had squandered several scoring chances.

The two teams went on break with the 1-0 score in favour of Cameroon. Upon resumption, Cameroon showed more determination and the pressure mounted on the CAR defence paid off when Soleil Academy’s Abib Tize netted the second for the home team.

Cameroon continuous domination of the game paid off with Yondjo Matah Dorinel of EFBC scoring two goals to increase the Lion’s tally to four on 90 minutes.

The win means the baby Lions who next face Congo Brazzaville on Sunday January 15 in the Limbe qualifying tournament, need just a draw to be in Algeria next year for the U17 AFCON.

The Cameroon versus Central African Republic match was watched by the President of the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, Samuel Eto’o Fils, Indomitable Lions head coach, Rigobert Song Bahanag among hundreds of football lovers who turned out for the start of the qualifiers.

Before kickoff, a minute of silence was observed in honour of former Cameroonian international, Modeste M’bami who died in Le Havre France on January 7.

The UNIFFAC U-17 qualifiers to next year’s AFCON in that category is featuring just three teams. Congo Brazzaville pulled out of the competition while Chad was disqualified from taking part in the competition by the Confederation of African Football.

If Cameroon qualifies for the 2023 U17 AFCON, it will be the eight time the country is playing in the continental tournament. The baby Lions have won the U17 AFCON trophy on two occasions; 2003 and 2019.

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