Islam Slows Down  Cameroon’s March to World Cup

Islam Slows Down Cameroon’s March to World Cup

The Algeria returned to the same stadium where they were dumped out of the African Cup in the group stage as defending champion to clinch a crucial 1-0 away win over Cameroon in the first leg of their 2022 World Cup playoff in Douala.

Spanish Primera Liga Sporting CP forward Islam Slimani scored with a header in the first half at Japoma Stadium in Douala, justifying his promotion to the starting lineup.

Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana of Dutch Eredvise club Ajax Amsterdam got a hand to the header but pushed it only onto the crossbar and watched the ball drop into the goal behind him.

 Cameroon was playing its first game under new coach and former national captain Rigobert Song, who was brought in to replace Toni Conceicao despite Conceicao leading Cameroon to a fairly impressive third place at the African Cup.

 The debut didn’t go according to plan for Song, and Cameroon must come from behind in the second leg in Blida to reach the World Cup in Qatar and extend its African record to eight World Cup appearances. Algeria hardly ever loses at home.