Eto’o misses penalty, Cameroon held 0-0 by Senegal

Samuel Eto’o missed a last-minute penalty as Cameroon was held

0-0 at home by Senegal in a 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier

on Saturday, further denting the four-time African champion’s slim

hopes of playing in next year’s tournament.

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

Cameroon what would have been a precious victory in its fading 2012

qualifying campaign.

Cameroon is five points off Group E leader Senegal and an

automatic place at the 2012 African championship with two games

left.

Monaco striker Benjamin Moukandjo also missed key chances for

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

through.

”We are in a very unfortunate position,” midfielder Stephane

Mbia said.

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 Cup of Nations. It is also well off the pace

in the race for one of the two best second-place spots in the

11-group qualifying competition.

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 captain Eto’o for the team’s struggles.