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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 April, 2004, 09:40 GMT 10:40 UK
Friendly match round-up
Cameroon's Lucien Mettomo
Cameroon's Lucien Mettomo was red carded
Former African champions Cameroon have been beaten 3-0 by Bulgaria in a friendly international.

The hosts got off to the perfect start with a goal from Dimitar Berbatov after just seven minutes.

The Indomitable Lions were reduced to ten men eight minutes into the second half with Lucien Mettomo getting himself sent off.

Berbatov doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the 54th minute before Zdravko Lazarov completed the scoring just two minutes later.

The match was part of Cameroon's build-up to the 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifiers where they are in a group with Egypt, Ivory Coast, Libya, Sudan and Benin.

Cameroon are due to start that qualifying campaign with a six point deduction imposed by Fifa for wearing their controversial one-piece kit during the Cup of Nations in Tunisia.

Cameroon are however appealing against the decision and hope to have the points reinstated before their opening game at home to Benin on 6 June.

Beaten Cup of Nations finalists and World Cup host hopefuls Morocco narrowly lost 1-0 in Casablanca to former World Champions Argentina.

Argentina dominated the game and deservedly went ahead in the 52nd minute with a close-range shot form Inter Milan's Kily Gonzalez who pounced on a ball that goalkeeper Nadir Lamyaghri failed to control after a shot from Chelsea's Hernan Crespo.

The visitors almost made it 2-0 in the 84th minute when Lamyaghri fisted away a thunderous half volley by Juan Roman Riquelme, who plays for Uefa Cup semi-finalists Villareal of Spain.

African Champions Tunisia got back to winning ways with a 1-0 win in Sfax over Mali.

The only goal of the game was scored by Etoile Sahel's Mohamed Jedidi in the 56th minute.

The Ivory Coast were easy 4-2 winners of Guinea in Aix-les-Bains in France in front of just 2,000 spectators.

The Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba scored for the Ivory Coast against Guinea

African Footballer of the Year nominee Didier Drogba opened the scoring for the Ivorians after just eight minutes Bordeaux's Pascal Feindouno levelled things up for Guinea four minutes later.

Kolo Toure, fresh from helping Arsenal win the English Premier League title, put the Elephants back in front on 32 minutes.

Guinea equalised again seven minutes later with a goal from Fadouba Oulare the Ivorians were back in front on the stroke of half-time with Auxerre's Bonaventure Kalou on target.

Dagui Bakari of Lens then wrapped up the game with a strike in the 68th minute.

World Cup quarter-finalists Senegal narrowly edged out their hosts French first division side Guingamp 1-0.

Diomansy Kamara, who plays his football for Modena in Italy, won the game for the Teranga Lions with a goal two minutes before half-time. Ghana and Angola drew 1-1 in an international friendly at the Accra Sports Stadium.

After a goalless first half in which scoring chances were few, Angola took the lead 55 minutes into the second half through Fofana Domingos heading home a cross by Chino Alveida's cross

Ghana came close to equalising when Godfred Yeboah's long range effort came back off the crossbar and William Tiero headed goalwards only to see Angola goalkeeper Nuno make an acrobatic save.

Nuno was however beaten by another header, this time from Abladey Morgan in the in the closing minutes of the game.

Both coaches felt the game had served a vital purpose.

"The result does not matter as much as the experience it gives the players and the opportunity it gave me to look at some of the players I will be relying on in the world cup qualifiers," Ghana's coach Mariano Barreto said.

Algeria lost out 1-0 to China in a match played in Clermont-Ferrand in France, with Xia Zahn Bo scoring on 26 minutes.

Namibia and Botswana battled out a goalless draw in Windhoek.


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