Banana Saves World Cup Draw For Cameroon

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Yves Banana scored in stoppage time to salvage a 2-2 draw for Cameroon in Zambia on Saturday at the end of a disappointing World Cup Group B campaign for the African champions.

Zambia teenager Patson Daka opened the scoring and set up Brian Mwila to put the hosts ahead again after Senegal had leveled before half time in the central city of Ndola.

Andre-Franck Zambo Anguissa scored the first Cameroon equaliser and Banana’s glancing header restored parity a minute into additional time.

The result meant the “Indomitable Lions” finished third in Group B with seven points, having won only one of their six matches, at home to off-form Algeria last month.

Cameroon had been expected to mount a strong challenge for first place and a ticket to the 2018 finals in Russia as they chased a record-extending eighth World Cup appearance by an African country.

But after drawing away to Algeria and at home to Zambia last year, they were trounced 4-0 by eventual group winners Nigeria two months ago to effectively drop out of contention.

Nigeria drew 1-1 in Algeria Friday to finish with 14 points, followed by Zambia (eight), Cameroon (seven) and Algeria (two).

 

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