Four-time AFCON champions Cameroon have staged a second-half comeback to defeat Guinea Bissau 2-1, and leave the debutant’s with little hope of going through to the quarter finals.
It will have to win its final group game and hope other results go its way to advance after being thoroughly outclassed in the second stanza by a professional Cameroon side that recorded its first AFCON win since 2010.
Guinea Bissau performing at its first ever AFCON tournament had been impressive in its first group game against Gabon where it fought back to draw 1-1, and that determination looked like it was continuing to flow in the early stages as it took a lead inside a quarter of an hour against Cameroon.
Brito Silva opened the scoring for them with one of the goals of the tournament.
After the ball was cleared from the back, Silva collected the ball on the left wing and chipped over one incoming defender. He then traveled a further 50 metres down field beating another three defenders before calming finishing in the bottom left hand corner.
It sent the Guinea Bissau fans into raptures but unfortunately for them that was where the fun stopped.
Cameroon switched on in the second half and there constant threat in front of goal eventually became too much for Guinea Bissau to bare with.
First, Sebastien Siani rifled home a vicious strike from the penalty area just past the hour mark and then less than 20 minutes later Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui slotted home with a nice finish that gave the Indomitable Lions its first lead for the match. Cameron did enough to hold on and record its first AFCON win since 2010.
It had failed to win a game in its last appearance in 2015 and didn’t qualify for the two previous tournaments before that.
Cameroon is now in control of proceedings in Group A as they top the standings on four points. They are a good chance of qualifying for the quarter finals after both hosts Gabon and Burkino Faso played out a 1-1 draw in the earlier Group A match.
Next up for Cameroon is a match against Gabon, whilst Guinea Bissau has a must-win match against Burkino Faso. Both matches take place next Monday.