Friday, January 22, 2010

When Lions Roar

Carthage Lions, Tunisia, vs Indomitable Lions, Cameroon. The results of the final playing day of the first round of the ongoing African Nations Cup in Angola only prove that Gabon had labored in vain. Zambia, defeated them 2-1 to grab the second place in their Zone D, upsetting all of Gabon’s hopes of forging ahead.

This was a wonderful opportunity for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon who were gasping for survival as the Carthage Lions of Tunisia suffocated their vital zone until they had to score themselves putting the Carthage Lions one goal above them. Mustering courage Eto’o Fils and his boys equalized. They tenaciously held on to their 2-2 tie until the referee blasted his final whistle.

With Zambia’s defeat Gabon’s impressive 1-0 defeat over the Lions of Cameroon in the first match came to naught as Gabon ended with four points but with a -one goal difference. Zambia clutched four points with a nill goal difference as well as Cameroon. In the final analysis Cameroon topped their group, avoiding the clash with the dreaded Arab Warriors of Egypt for the next quarter finals encounter. They will play the Eagles of Nigeria.

The competition gets onto its second phase on Monday January 24, 2010 with host country Angola locking horns with Ivory Coast in Luanda and Nigeria vs Ghana in Cabinda. The next day Cameroon will clash with Nigeria in Benguela while Egypt clashes with Zambia in Lubango. The matches promise to be fireworks, especially as there were so many early surprises in the first round.

By our news desk, Nke Valentine

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