Ambroise Oyongo earns Cameroon start in another AFCON draw


Ambroise Oyongo didn’t manage another hero’s performance for Cameroon at the African Cup of Nations, but his side did just enough to sidestep the need.

The New York Red Bulls’ fullback earned another start for Cameroon in a 1-1 draw against Guinea.

A left back for the Red Bulls, Cameroon boss Volker Finke lines Oyongo on the right of the team’s defense. His cut through the box from the right sided position put him in place to slam home a critical, late game goal against Mali, salvaging a point for the Indomitable Lions in their first African Cup of Nations match.

This match would see a more defensive posture from the visiting Lions, particularly after scoring the first goal of the match just 13 minutes in. Guinea tested the World Cup participants, and broke through in the 42nd thanks to captain Ibrahima Traore, beating a stoic Cameroonian line for the goal.

Finke pulled Oyongo in the 61st minute of the match, inserting the more-imposing Jermoe Guihoata at the spot.

Cameroon’s fate hangs in the balance at the close of Group D play. All four teams are tied at 0-0-2, drawing every match in identical 1-1 finishes, leaving all competitors with a chance to advance.

Oyongo and Cameroon close out Group D play on January 28 against their toughest opponent yet in the Ivory Coast. With all four matches in Group D finishing 1-1 thus far, qualification to the second round is still up for grabs. Cameroon take on Ivory Coast and Guinea host Mali on January 28th in the final and decisive Group matches.

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