4 die in clashes after Cameroon draw

Cameroonian authorities say four people were killed in clashes

between fans and troops after Cameroon drew 0-0 with Senegal in an

African Cup of Nations qualifier that dented the team’s chances of

reaching next year’s tournament.

A coastguard official told The Associated Press on Monday that

the clashes on Saturday between angry fans and government troops

also wounded several people in the West African nation.

He did not say how many people were wounded or whether those

killed were civilians or soldiers. The official asked for anonymity

because of the sensitive nature of the report.

Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’o missed a last-minute penalty to

leave the four-time African champion in third place in the

four-team Group E.

Police used water cannons to disperse disgruntled home fans

after they blocked Cameroon’s team bus from leaving Yaounde’s

Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium for over an hour following the game, with

the supporters blaming Eto’o for the team’s problems.

The Inter Milan forward has apologized for three days in a row

on state radio.

”I must say thank you to the public which has supported us from

the beginning to the end,” he said. ”I’ve missed a penalty. I’m

responsible for the loss. I kindly beg for your excuse. This is the

only penalty I’ve missed throughout this season.”

Eto’o hit the crossbar with his injury-time spot-kick, denying

Cameroon what would have been a precious victory.

Cameroon is five points behind group leader Senegal and an

automatic place at the tournament, with two games left.

Monaco striker Benjamin Moukandjo also missed some clear chances

for Cameroon, which controlled the last 30 minutes but couldn’t

break through.

Cameroon now has to win both its final qualifiers – against

Mauritius and Congo – and hope other results go its way to win an

automatic place at the finals. It is also well behind in the race

for one of the two best second-place spots in the 11-group

qualifying competition.