Cameroon beat Nigeria to set up Ghana final
Cameroon put up one of the surprising performances at the ongoing 16th African Youth Championship, Rwanda 2009 by beating Nigeria 2-0 in their semi-finnal clash on Wednesday at the Amahoro Stadium.
A goal in each half from Zoua Daogari and Tiko Germain was all the Indomitable Cubs needed to set-up a final clash with old foes, Ghana.
Both Ghana and Cameroon were in the same group and their only meeting ended one all.
In a game that many tipped the five-time winners, Flying Eagles to emerge victors, the early flashes of brilliance from captain Lukman Haruna and striker Chrisantus MacCauley set the tone that feat.
The Eagles were unlucky to have taken he lead on 17 minutes when Lukman free-kick ricocheted the inside of the post with the Cameroonian goalie Francois Beyokol completely beaten.
On the half-hour mark, Zoua opened the scores by connecting from close range rom a resulting swift interpositional display from Germain and Brice Owona.
The Nigerians resumed strongly and dictated the pace for the Cameroonians to follow but failed to convert their dominance into goals.
In the 66th minute, Germain authenticated the lead with a cheeky effort as he punished the Nigerian defence for a blunder in their penalty.
Defender Abdul Karim Lukman had laid a short pass to goalie Ajiboye Muniru, but before Ajiboye could get hold of the ball Germain emerged from nowhere tapped in.
Nigeria was rewarded a penalty on 75 minute and a perfect opportunity to re-ignite their hopes, but the post again denied capatin Lukman.
Lukman disposed Cameroon goalie Francois Beyokol but the post was the mercy of the 1995 champions.
Nigeria will face South Africa in a repeat of the Group B clash in the Third place play-off.
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