A different day, a different side. Shrugging off their first match result where they were held to a 2-2 draw by Syria, Cameroon pumped in five goals against a hapless Nepal in their second match of the Nehru Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday (August 26).
Two goals each from Kologny Vigny Merime (12th and 60th) and Ebanga Bertin (41st and 65th) and one from Momaso Joseph (76th) was enough to send across a strong message to the other competing teams.
The Indomitable Lions took the lead early on in the game. Kologny Vigny Merime, who found the back of the net in the last match too against Syria, headed home after just 12 minutes of the ball roll. Cameroon doubled the tally in the 41st minute through their set piece specialist Ebanga Bertin who tapped in from close range.
That the African giants were the better side was reflected from the number of times they came close to increasing the margin of victory. They also had a hand ball appeal turned down in the 38th minute.
The complexion of the game refused to change after the break as Cameroon scored their third goal in the 60th minute. Merime doubled his tally with a perfectly placed left-footer that nestled into the net. Bertin’s second came five minutes later. Mosamo Joseph completed the rout in the 76th minute. This is the highest margin victory in the tournament so far.
August 27: Syria V Maldives
Man of the Match: Kologny Vigny Merime