New Delhi: Cameroon played impressively to reach the Nehru Cup final, beating Maldives 3-1, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, on Wednesday. Their victory also paved the way for India’s entry in the title round for the third successive time.
The final will be played on Sunday. This victory has also made the India-Cameroon tie on Friday an inconsequential affair.
While both Cameroon and India have seven points from three matches, no other team in the five-team group can reach this tally. Maldives finished their engagements with six points. Syria and Nepal, who will play each other on Thursday, have collected one point each.
As the rain stopped early on Wednesday morning, Cameroon were lucky to get the chance to play on a dried turf. It helped them to showcase their skills in front of a handful of spectators.
If Maldives nursed any idea of getting three points from the match and play the final, it was dashed by Cameroon’s clinical display. Cameroon drew the first blood in the 11th minute through Kingue Mpondo, who volleyed home spectacularly off a Kologny Merime cross.
Thursday’s match: Syria vs Nepal (7 pm)