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Group A race goes to the wire

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Cameroon fans are thrilled with the Indomitable Lions' revival

The battle to grab Group A's sole ticket to the 2010 World Cup will be decided on the final round of matches after Cameroon and Gabon won their matches on Saturday.

Resurgent Cameroon stayed top of the group of African qualifiers after outclassing Togo 3-0 in Yaounde.

Gabon stayed one point adrift after beating Morocco 3-1 in Libreville.

Midfielder Geremi Njitap scored at the second attempt of a penalty to give the Indomitable Lions a half-time advantage.

Their Togolese opponents were led by Emmanuel Adebayor but the Manchester City striker was substituted 15 minutes after the break.

Further goals from Jean Makoun and Achille Emana gave Cameroon a 3-0 cushion.

Makoun netted off a pass from Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o, who dribbled past four defenders, and Emana beat overworked goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale with a low drive.

A Cameroon side transformed by the mid-year arrival of French coach Paul le Guen have 10 points, Gabon nine, Togo five and Morocco three.

The results mean Togo, shock qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, will not qualify for next year's competition in South Africa.

The Indomitable Lions cannot be overtaken if they triumph on 14 November in Rabat.

Hicham Mahdoufi conceded an own goal on the stroke of half-time to give Gabon the lead.

They home side extended their advantage during the second half through Eric Mouloungou and Daniel Cousin before Adel Taarabt snatched a late consolation goal.



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