Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions have failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations for the second time in a row. They beat Cape Verde 2-1 in Yaounde on Sunday but lost 3-2 on aggregate.
The Blue Sharks of Cape Verde had done all the hard work at home last month when they beat the Lions 2-0. The islanders surprised the Yaounde by opening scores at the 12th minute of play. Cameroon equalized through Achilles Emana but were unable to score until the dying minutes of the game when. 16-year-old debutant, Fabrice Owona scored a late winner.
With Cameroon’s next opportunity to play at the Africa being 2015, it looks like many of the players who featured on the matchday squad such as Achille Webo, Emana, Mohamadou Idrissou, pierre Wome, Jean Makoun, Modeste Mbami and Samuel Eto’o may not have another chance to play at the continental event.
Eto’o made the assists for both goals but the all time leading scorer for Cameroon and the Africa Cup could not overturn the result.
Where Cameroon goes from here in terms of the overall management of the country’s football is the real issue. After successive failures to lift the game, will the current leadership of the football federation continue?