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Gambia set to contest with Cameroon in AFCON qualifiers Sunday

Sep 4, 2015, 10:35 AM | Article By: Lamin Darboe

The Gambia is set to clash with Cameroon in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Sunday 6 September 2015, at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

Sunday’s meeting will be the first-ever between Gambia and Cameroon in the continent’s biggest bi-annual football fiesta.

Cameroon came from two nil down to draw 2-2 with The Gambia in the 2003 African U-17 youth championship hosted in Swaziland under the guidance of coach Pa Suwareh Faye.

Cameroon eliminated The Gambia in the 2001 African U-20 youth championship qualifiers under the guidance of Coach Alagie Sillah.

Cameroon have qualified for the African Cup of Nations 17 times and won it four times in 1984, 1988, 2000 and 2002.

Cameroon’s last appearance in the Africa of Cup Nations final was in 2008, when they lost to Egypt 1-0 in the final in Accra.

Cameroon have failed to qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012 and 2013 after their dismal performance in the qualifiers, and qualified for the 2015 edition but were eliminated in the group stages.

Cameroon were the first African nation to reach the World Cup quarterfinals in 1990 but were eliminated by England 3-2, and as a result FIFA decided to increase Africa’s representation from three countries to five.

Cameroon beat then World champions Argentina 1-0 with their World best player Diego Maradona in the opening game of the 1990 World Cup at San Siro Stadium in Milan, with nine men after Kanan Biyick and Masseng Jaminah were sent off for rough football.

Cameroon also have Olympic gold medal after beating Spain on penalties in 2000 Sidney Olympic, after the regulation failed to produce a winner.