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
Cameroon is five points off Group E leader Senegal and an
automatic place at the 2012 African championship with two games
Monaco striker Benjamin Moukandjo also missed key chances for
Cameroon, which controlled the last 30 minutes but couldn’t break
”We are in a very unfortunate position,” midfielder Stephane
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.