First half goals from captain Vincent Aboubakar and Franck Zambo Anguissa and a late brace from Christian Bassogog handed Cameroon a 4-0 victory over 10-man Malawi in Johannesburg on Saturday as the Indomitable Lions kept their World Cup hopes alive.
The victory took them to 12 points and top of Group D pending Ivory Coast’s match against Mozambique later Saturday. The Ivorians are two points behind.
Against Malawi, Cameroon broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute from the penalty spot after John Banda handled Aboubakar’s goal-bound shot on the line.
For his mess, Banda was sent off and the Cameroonian skipper stepped up to the spot, calmly converting the penalty.
Earlier, they had come close when Nicolas Ngamaleu’s well-curled freekick from 25 yards out went inches over the bar.
Cameroon was dominant especially when they had the advantage of numbers.
They doubled their tally four minutes to halftime when Anguissa struck a superb goal.
From a short start to a corner, the midfielder set himself up with the first touch before volleying into the bottom right with his second.
Cameroon went to break two goals up and deservedly so.
Malawi gave a fight in the second half despite their numerical handicap but couldn’t gather enough to get the two goals back.
In their hunt for goals they were hurt further when substitute Christian Bassogog scored twice within two minutes. The forward who had come on for Ngamaleu scored in the 85th and 87th minutes.
Zambia 4-0 Mauritania
In Zambia, a Fashion Sakala Hatrick adding on to Patson Daka’s opener handed Zambia some hope of qualification.
The victory took the Chipolopolo to seven points, three behind Tunisia who later play Equatorial Guinea.
If the Carthage Eagles lose against the Equatoguineans, Zambia will stand a chance heading to the final round of matches.
The home side was in for business from the onset against Mauritania who had no hopes of progressing to the playoff round.
They scored thrice within 11 minutes towards the end of the first half. Daka broke the deadlock wi to a connection inside the six yard box off a cross from the left.
Mauritania were undone from width once again as Sakala added the second in the 37th minute with a simple tap in, this time the cross coming from the right.
Sakala added his second at the stroke of halftime, scoring from the penalty spot.
He would complete his hatrick in the 63rd minute as Zambia collected their second victory of the group phase.