Cameroon down Macedonia in warm-up

Tuesday 27 May 2014

/ by Colin Udoh

Cameroon got their 2014 World Cup warm-up on a good footing with a 2-0 win over Macedonia on Monday (26 May 2014) in Kufstein, Austria.

Second-half goals from Pierre Webo and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting were enough to guide the Indomitable Lions past the Risovi, in the first of three confirmed friendlies ahead of the Mundial.

Germany-born coach Volker Finke had to parade an unfamiliar line-up after injuries ruled out key players including captain Samuel Eto’o, defensive pair Aurelien Chedjou and Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, midfield duo, Jean II Makoun and Stephane Mbia as well as France-based forward Vincent Aboubakar.

After a barren first half, the four-time African champions deservingly took the lead on 51 minutes through Achille Webo, who volleyed home a Fabrice Olinga cross. However, instead of celebrating, Webo suffered a knock on his shoulder and had to be replaced by veteran Mahamadou Idrissou.

Six minutes from time, Choupo-Moting put the icing on the cake with a shot from his left foot that beat the Macedonian goalie.

The Indomitable Lions will next play Paraguay on Thursday, 29 May 2014 in Kufstein, before traveling to Dortmund to face Germany three days later.

Cameroon, making a continental record seventh appearance at the Mundial are housed in Group A with hosts Brazil, Croatia and Mexico.


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