Egypt, Cameroon Get Vital Wins


Egypt and Cameroon both won away from home to keep alive their chances of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

Reigning African champions Egypt got their qualifying campaign back on track with a 1-0 win in Rwanda.

Al Ahly midfielder Ahmed Hassan, who had come on as a substitute, hammered an Ahmed Fathi pass into the net on 68 minutes before a near-capacity crowd at the 35,000-seat Amahoro Stadium in the Rwandan capital.

The win gives Egypt seven points from four matches and takes them level with Algeria for the time being.

Algeria can move three points clear of Egypt if they can beat Zambia in Blida in the final game of the weekend on Sunday evening.


Cameroon scored two goals in two minutes to secure a 2-0 win overGabon in Libreville.

Achille Emana, who plays for Spanish second division side Real Betis, scored the opening goal after 66 minutes.

Samuel Eto’o, who is the new Indomitable Lions captain, made sure of the win moments later.

The goals were Cameroon’s first in the final stage of qualifying and takes them to four points from three games, two behind Gabon.

The two sides meet again on 9 September in Yaounde.

The game went ahead in Libreville despite a backdrop of post-election violence in some parts of Gabon.

Ali Bongo, winner of the presidential election that triggered the civil unrest, was among the 20,000 crowd in a national stadium named after his late father and former ruler Omar Bongo.

The match was due to have been played in June but was postponed because of the funeral of Omar Bongo.

Morocco go to Lome to play Togo on Sunday knowing they must win to retain a realistic chance of going to the global showpiece.

Togo have four points; Morocco just two, both sides have played three games so far.

BBC Sport

~ by footballdirecta on September 6, 2009.

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