Three strategic headers, two from Maxim Choupo-Moting and a third one from Karl Toko Ekambi were enough to seal the fate of winless Mozambique and cement the lions’ hold on the second spot in Group D of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Cameroon’s indomitable lions Friday October 08 locked horns with their counterparts from Mozambique at the Japoma Stadium in Douala, in a match counting for Day-three of the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers.
The boys of Tony Conceicao were desperate for a victory after their 2-1 defeat to Cote d’Ivoire away last month, meanwhile the Mambas of Mozambique were keen to secure their first win in the group, having lost 1-0 to Malawi away.
The game kicked off on a difficult pace for both teams until Cameroon’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting broke the deadlock at the 29th minute with a towering header that left Malawi's keeper startled.
The Bayern Munich striker doubled Cameroon’s tally seven minutes after the restart with another powerful header, bouncing the ball beyond the keeper from a corner.
Ten minutes later, the lions who had visibly gained confidence cemented their lead when Toko Ekambi headed home brilliantly from the edge of the six-yard box from Nicolas Ngamaleu’s delivery from a short corner.
Mozambique, which had to finish the match with ten men following an offense from one player later scored a consolation goal through Geny Catamo, which definitely was not enough to turn the game around.
With this win, Cameroon cemented its hold on second spot, one point behind Cote d’Ivoire leading the Group. Mozambique on the other hand winless till now remains last in the group.
The two sides are set to lock horns again in Morocco on Monday.