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Vincent Abubakarr fires Gambia to secure win for Cameroon in AFCON qualifiers

Sep 7, 2015, 10:28 AM | Article By: Lamin Darboe and Lamin Gibba

FC Porto striker Vincent Abubakarr 64th minute strike inspired Cameroon to a slender 1-0 win over The Gambia in the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau yesterday.

Both sides made outstanding start of the game as they launched some goal scoring opportunities at each other’s goal mouth.

Vincent Abubakarr came very closed to opening the scores for Cameroon in the 15th minute of the game but his shoot was denied by the Gambia’s custodian, Alagie Nyabally.

The Gambia, on the other hand, also came closed to opening the scores twice through striker Pa Amat Dibba and midfielder Sulayman Marreh in the 20th and 28th minute of the game but a goal was a hard luck.

All the goal scoring opportunities were missed and thus the first half ended goalless.

Upon resumption of the game, both sides continued where they left in the first half and launched series of assaults at each other’s mouth in search of the opening goal.

Vincent Abubakarr netted the first and the last goal for the Indomitable Lions in the 64th minute of the game from Benjamin Moukandjo’s excellent effort after capitalising on Pa Modou Jagne’s defensive blunders.

The Gambia responded quickly for an equalizer and created some goal scoring opportunities but could not break through Cameroon’s formidable defence line. As a result, the game ended 1-0 in favour of the visiting lions.

The victory has earned Cameroon top spot in Group M with maximum 6 points in two games following their 1-0 wins over The Gambia and Mauritania.

The defeat made The Gambia third place in Group M with a single point in two outings. As for now, The Gambia could only be expecting to recover against Mauritania in March 2016 to fancy their hopes of qualifying for their first-ever African Cup of Nations.

Meanwhile, Mauritania thrashed South Africa in the other Group M tie on Saturday to bounce back in contention for a place in Gabon 2017.

South African are rooted at the bottom in Group M with one point in two outings.

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