Captain Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting provided new Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf with a winning home debut but the Indomitable Lions remained unconvincing as they edged Malawi 1-0 in African Nations Cup qualifying on Friday, Euronews reports.
The striker hammered home a powerful shot from outside the penalty area midway through the second half to earn former Dutch international Seedorf his first victory in the job after his opening game in the Comoros Islands ended in a draw for one of African football’s most successful teams.
Cameroon are participating in the qualifiers despite hosting next year’s finals, although the tournament could be taken away from them if the Confederation of African Football decides after a final inspection next month that they are not ready to stage the expanded 24-team event.
Algeria, Angola, the Cape Verde Islands, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea and the Ivory Coast were also winners as all but two qualifiers on Friday went the way of the home team.
Togo, whose captain Emmanuel Adebayor did not turn up for the game, were held at home by Gambia in a 1-1 draw in torrential rain while Mali’s captain Abdoulaye Diaby missed a last-minute penalty in a goalless home draw with Burundi.