Thursday, 21 April 2011
Cameroon book's U-20 World Cup ticket
The victory also sees them into semifinals of the 2011 African Youth Championships.
The only goal of the game was scored in first-half injury-time by Franck Ohandza and the result leaves Cameroon on top of the pool with six points.
Ohandza had the ball in the back on the net on 35 minutes but the flag was rightly raised for offside. He did make a chance count just before the break though as he scored with a superb 25-yard shot that left Flying Eagles keeper Paul Dami with no chance.
It was just reward for the Young Lions as they had been by far the better side in the opening stanza.
The Cameroonians should have won by a wider margin but Banana Yaya headed over just yards from the line for the Young Lions, while Edgar Salli struck the crossbar with a free-kick.
Nigeria Keeper Dami did brilliantly to deny Jacques Haman when the Cameroonian was clear on goal and seemed certain to score, but the keeper stuck out a hand to save his shot at point-blank range.
Nigeria just never got going in a match they might have expected to win, especially after they beat defending champions Ghana in their opening encounter on Monday.
Nigeria now have to beat Gambia in their final Group B match on Sunday to have any chance of making the final four.
PIX; Franck Ohandza of Cameroon (9) celebrates his goal with teammates