In their first outing since claiming the CAF Africa Cup of Nations title, the Indomitable Lions got the better of Tunisia in Monastir. Their winning goal came courtesy of Vincent Aboubaka, the hero of the continental final against Egypt in February, who converted a dangerous Benjamin Moukandjo free-kick in the 14th minute.
The Tunisians came close to finding an equaliser – Taha Yassine Khenissi (16’) and Ahmed Akaichi (34’) both struck the crossbar with opposing goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa beaten – but Cameroon dug deep and proceeded to defend their lead effectively in the second half. This encouraging win should provide the African champions with a welcome confidence boost ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 in the summer.
While qualifying matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ were keeping fans on the edge of their seats across the globe, teams in the African zone were excused from competitive action, as they await the next round of qualifiers in August. This hiatus did not prevent African nations from playing a series of preparatory friendly matches, the details of which FIFA.com rounds up below.
Thursday 23 March
Nigeria 1-1 Senegal, Barnet (England)
Russia 0-2 Côte d’Ivoire, Krasnodar (Russia)
Friday 24 March
Morocco 2-0 Burkina Faso, Marrakech (Morocco)
Mauritania 1-0 Benin, Nouakchott (Mauritania)
Tunisia 0-1 Cameroon, Monastir (Tunisia)
Guinea 2-2 Gabon, Le Havre (France)
Libya 0-0 Togo, Alexandria (Egypt)
Saturday 25 March
South Africa 3-1 Guinea-Bissau, Durban (South Africa)
Zimbabwe 0-0 Zambia, Harare (Zimbabwe)
Tanzania 2-0 Botswana, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
Sunday 26 March
Kenya 2-1 Congo DR, Nairobi (Kenya)
Culled from FIFA