Congo earn shock win over Cameroon at African Nations Championship

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 17, 2018

Cameroon's veteran defender and AFCON victor Rigobert Song lost his first game at the African Nations Championship as the Indomitable Lions were beaten 1-0 by Congo on Tuesday in Agadir.

Cameroon dominated their match against Congo and hit the woodwork twice before conceding a late penalty.

Vieljeux Prestige surged into the Cameroonian box and was brought down by goalkeeper Jean Oscar Gwot, gifting Congo the flawless chance to break the deadlock 17 minutes from time in the tense Group D contest.

Cameroon had the better of the chances in the first half of their clash against Congo but were unable to take an early lead.

After the protestations had ended Makiesse confidently converted.

Song, 41, who suffered a life-threatening brain aneurysm two years ago, showed little emotion on the touchline in the southern Morocco coastal city, bar a full-time wink at a TV camera.

With Angola and Burkina Faso playing out a pulsating goalless draw in the other group game, the Red Devils are confirmed to remain in the driving seat, at least until Saturday.

One interesting footnote from the game was the participation of Pangop at the tournament for players based in their own domestic leagues after the 24-year-old signed for MLS side Minnesota United in the US two days before the finals began.

Angola enjoyed plenty of possession but also missed a good opening, as Paty headed over in the first half.

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