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Cameroon – AFCON 2017: Why Cameroon should fear Mauritania!

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Written by Deckson N.

If Cameroon leads group M with 8 points, a defeat against Mauritania would significantly jeopardize its chances of qualifying for the next African Cup of Nations, Gabon 2017. Corantin Martins and his foals have enough arguments to worry Cameroonian analysts.

After the friendly match played against France on May 30, 2016 at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes, the Indomitable Lions set sail since Wednesday afternoon on Nouakchott, capital of Mauritania. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and his teammates will compete on Friday against the Mauritanian team for the fifth day of the qualifiers of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Gabon 2017. If the Lions are top of Group M with 8 points, the task does not look easy against their immediate pursuer who has one point less.

First, because Mauritania has so far won all their home games since the start of the playoffs. They had first defeated South Africa, on September 5, 2015 with a score of 3 goals against 1 on the second day, before imposing the law of the home back to the Gambia (2- 1) on March 25, 2016.

In addition, the firm decision of Corantins Martin and his foals to offer the country a first appearance at the finals of the African Cup of Nation is noticeable. The match against Cameroon is as a serious opportunity to lead the Group M before going to snatch qualification on the last day against South Africa, already disqualified. Their victory (2-0) in a friendly in Barcelona, May 28, 2016, against Gabon, the host country sounds like a strong signal.

The Lions will have work to do. The Olympic stadium in Nouakchott will believe until the end. They can achieve the perfect scenario “analyses Léger Tientcheu, Editor of the website 45fois2.com specializing in Cameroonian football. Although the Indomitable Lions have been effective in offensive on Monday against France despite the defeat (2-3), Yves Tchamadeu, sports analyst is concerned about the “failure of imagination and  offensive inspiration” of which the Cameroonian attack line has always been a victim in this competition. In four games, Cameroon has scored only four times. But the lions, the only team to have never lost in the group M keeps their chances. A victory in Nouakchott will qualify Cameroon directly for in the next AFCON in neighboring Gabon.

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