Cameroon beats Tunisia to qualify for World Cup

Cameroon qualified for the World Cup with a resounding 4-1 win
over Tunisia in the second leg of their playoff on Sunday, ensuring
West Africa continued its dominance of the continent’s qualifying
competition.

Cameroon won by the same score on aggregate after the teams drew
0-0 in Tunisia. The team follows Nigeria and Ivory Coast, who won
their playoffs Saturday, in sealing a place at next year’s
tournament in Brazil.

Pierre Webo scored after four minutes for Cameroon and Benjamin
Moundandjo made it 2-0 in the 30th at Omnisports Ahmadou-Ahidjo
stadium. Ahmed Akaichi pulled one back for the visiting Tunisians
just after halftime, but Jean Makoun added a third in the 65th and
scored again in the 86th to seal Cameroon’s progress.

”Brazil, here we come,” Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’o, who
reversed his decision to retire from internationals to play in this
playoff, told the crowd through a public address system after the
game.

Cameroon, Africa’s first quarterfinalist in 1990, will play in
its seventh World Cup, a major boost for the nation after it failed
to qualify for the last two African Cups.

”We’ve been through several long and difficult years,” Makoun
said. ”Now, I think we identified the problem, which is concord
among us. We can achieve better results in the future and I think
our performance today shows that we have a bright future.”

If Ghana and Algeria win their playoffs on Tuesday, as expected,
the continent will be represented by the same five nations that
played at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Webo slammed home a left-footed shot in front of around 60,000
in Yaounde for an immediate lead for Cameroon. The home team was
also denied a penalty for what appeared to be a clear handball
before Moundandjo made it 2-0 after cutting in from the right flank
to score.

After being brought on by Tunisia coach Ruud Krol, Akaichi
struck after a defensive mix-up by the Cameroonians for 2-1
straight after the break.

But Cameroon powered back as Makoun headed home a Benoit
Assou-Ekotto corner and grabbed a second in the final five minutes
after a shot rebounded off the post.