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Cameroon ease into top spot

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Cameroon have taken a big step towards a place at the 2010 World Cup

Cameroon have taken another big step towards qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

They secured a 2-1 win over Gabon in Yaounde with another impressive display, although they had to resist a late revival from the visitors.

Cameroon have been refreshed since the appointment of French coach Paul Le Guen.

They now lead Group A by a point from Gabon with two matches of the qualifying campaign remaining.

Cameroon's Lyon star Jean Makoun broke the deadlock when he fired home from a free-kick in the 24th minute.

The lead was well deserved by the Indomitable Lions and they continued to put pressure on, without further success before half-time.

After the break, captain Samuel Eto'o extended the Cameroon lead when he pounced on a parried shot from Achille Webo.

It was Eto'o's eighth goal of the qualifying campaign.

A frantic finish was set-up when Gabonese substitute Daniel Cousin fired home in stoppage time to make it 2-1.

The Hull City striker then put a late free-kick just over the bar, but Cameroon held on despite the late onslaught and go top in their group.

Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen restored ousted former captain Rigobert Song to the starting line-up.

He had been dropped to the bench for the game between the two teams at the weekend.

His nephew Alex Song was also back in the side, returning after suspension.

But striker Samuel Eto'o kept the captain's armband.



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see also
Cameroon aim for top spot
08 Sep 09 |  African
Ghana qualify for 2010 World Cup
06 Sep 09 |  African
Egypt struggle as Cameroon win
12 Aug 09 |  African
Song left out of Cameroon team
12 Aug 09 |  African


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