A goal in the dying seconds of the match from Vincent Aboubacar handed Cameroon a narrow 1-0 win over Mauritania at the Stade Omnisport Ahmadou Ahidjo in their 2017 Group M Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on Sunday.
The win in Yaounde sees the Indomitable Lions go top of their qualifying group ahead of South Africa and Gambia who played to a goalless draw on Saturday.
Cameroon controlled the opening stanza of the match with their slick passing and hardworking midfield, but despite their dominance they struggled to break down a resilient Mauritanian defence.
Consequently, decent chances on goal in the first half were few and far between, and when openings were created the Indomitable Lions’ finishing was poor.
The second half was more of the same as the Mauritanian’s defence continued to frustrate the home side.
Aboubacar did find the back of the net midway through the second half, but his goal was disallowed because he was in an off-sides position.
Cameroon, nonetheless, continued to push forward and were finally rewarded in the 90th minute when a clinical finish from Aboubacar handed them the 1-0 win.
Cameroon are next in action in their Afcon qualifying group in September away to Gambia while Mauritania will host South Africa.
Source : The Daily Observer