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Cameroon gets easy 3-0 win over Somalia

 

Cameroon scored all its goals in an 11-minute span of the first half to defeat a young and inexperienced Somalia team 3-0 in their World Cup qualifying match.

Somalia, fielding a team in a Cup qualifier for the first time in nearly two decades, rarely threatened the stronger African champions, who dominated offensively throughout.

Only the heroics of Somalian goalkeeper Abdelkadi Mohammed Hassan, who made numerous saves, prevented the score from being even more lopsided.

Cameroon's star was midfielder Salomon Olembe, a regular for French first division team F.C. Nantes, who set up the first and third goals with fancy passing.

Patrick Mboma opened the scoring with a powerful header in the 26th minute and Cameroonian sniper Marc-Vivien Foe transformed a foul advantage several minutes later with a 35-meter (38-yard) drive that beat Hassan. Samuel to'o Fils scored the third goal on a pass from Mboma in the 37th minute.

In the second half, which was played almost entirely in Somalia's defensive zone, Somalia pulled back into a defensive shell, forming a human wall to shield the goal.

Hassan made a diving save to stop a 53rd minute penalty taken by Pierre Wome Nlend. "I would have wanted at least two to three more goals during the second half.

However, my boys did the essentials by scoring three goals at the beginning," said Cameroon coach Pierre le Chantre. More than 35,000 spectators watched the game at the Amadou Ahidjo stadium.

The second leg of the two-match series will also be played in Yaounde on Sunday due to security problems in Somalia. Cameroon won the African Nations' Cup over Nigeria two months ago.

 


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