Cameroon lost their World Cup Qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire on Monday 6 September, a defeat single-handedly masterminded by Ajax forward, Sebastien Haller. He netted twice in the 20th and 29th minutes, to hand the home side a 2-1 win at the Stade Olympique d’Ebimpé in Abidjan.
The Lions were hoping to consolidate their lead in Group D against a powerhouse in African football, with the likes of Serge Aurier, team captain and former PSG player present. Fortune ended up not smiling on Cameroon as they came up short in their efforts. Moumi Ngamaleu scored a penalty at the 61st minute which was not enough to salvage the visitors.
António Conceição and his squad were coming from a 2-0 victory over Malawi three days earlier, which positioned them first in Group D with three points. Some players in the Lion’s den had expressed the hope to have a better performance in Abidjan, given that their game at the Olembe stadium was not convincing and entertaining.
From every indication, their strive for improvement against the Ivorians turned out to be less productive, compared to the results obtained against the Flames of Malawi.
This means that Cameroon will have to up adjustments when they engage in the double fixture against Mozambique in October. Cote d’Ivoire have taken the lead in Group D with 4 points, while the Lions follow with 3 points, Mozambique 1 point. Malawi who clash against the Mambas on Tuesday September 7, have no point.