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 Lions’ Unbeaten Run Continues Ahead Of AFCON 

By Basil K. Mbuye

A goal from Vincent Aboubakar against South Africa in a friendly match on January 10, ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations, takes the Lions’ unbeaten run to eight.

The Cameroonian striker struck in the early minutes of the game from a spot-kick, before Bafana Bafana’s Sibusiso Vilakazi netted the equaliser as Cameroon were held to a one-goal parity by South Africa, in another AFCON warm-up match in Libreville, Gabon .

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The Lions dominated the first half of the game with FC Porto striker’s stunning free-kick from the edge of the area giving Cameroon the lead after just seven minutes of play.

However, the second half of the game saw the Bafana Bafana on the front foot applying some pace in their game to outsmart the Lions. This made the Lions, who looked heavy and tired, to succumb to the Bafana Bafana pressure with a second-half goal from substitute, Sibusiso Vilakazi in the 76th minute. Vilakazi used his pace to outfox a couple of Cameroonian defenders before finishing with great composure.

The encounter provided Finke the opportunity to continue testing his team as he setup another starting 11, different from that of the DR Congo game in Yaounde. Also, the game provided both Cameroon and South Africa the opportunity to keep the momentum going, ahead of the 2015 AFCON tourney in Equatorial Guinea.

Although many pundits hold that youthfulness and lack of experience is the Achilles’ heel of the born-again Lions, the players seem to be proving their detractors wrong. Since returning from the shameful World Cup outing in Brazil, the Lions have played eight matches recording four wins and four draws, making them a formidable force to reckon with.

Cameroon will play her last friendly on January 14 in Gabon against FC Mounana, a top Division One team in the Gabonese premier league in order to boost their confidence.

The training camp in Gabon ends on January 16 and the Lions will travel to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on the same day to start their quest for a fifth AFCON title when they confront Mali on January 20.

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