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
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