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.