Thursday, March 29, 2007
Cameroon 3 - 1 Liberia
We arrived back in Yaounde on the train at 2pm, we were very late as the train the previous night had hit a cow, even though we amazingly left on time we spent about 2 1/2 hours stopped some random place in the middle of the night as they were still clearing the line. At 3pm we were in the national stadium racing to some seats before kick off of the African Cup of National Qualifier Cameroon vs Liberia. We had popped in to Didimus' cousin to drop our bags then had to walk most the way to the stadium as the police had closed the roads. Buying tickets was pretty easy, the 500 franc tickets had sold out so we had to buy 1500 franc tickets (I have not figured out what the difference is other than the price, you sit in the same seats). I was shocked at the prices - 1500 francs to watch the national team play a competitive match, that is £1.50. I know it would be much cheaper that home but £1.50 I was dumbfounded - I figured it would be about £5. Remember that a cheaper 50p seats had sold out already, 50p to watch a national team play football - that's crazy talk.
Anyway so we entered the stadium and found some seats - I say seats we actually sat on concrete steps. All around the stadium were concrete tiers with no seats. The two sides were completely full so we were sat just near one of the ends, there was a wire fence next to us meaning our view of the far end goal was not too good.
Anyway on with the match Cameroon scored first goal scored after 12 minutes by Webo, he then scored again in the 24th minute. Liberia then got a sneaky goal back just 7 minutes before half time. Half time entertainment was a young chap doing some rather nifty tricks with a football and the Orange girls (as in mobile phone company) running around the pitch with pom poms.
The second half was better for us as we not had the Cameroon goal close to our sights and were hopeful they would score another goal we so get a good view. We had a great view of Eto'o (Cameroon's most popular footballer plays for Barcelona) who was positioned just in front of us, however his performance was not his best. The second half was a little slower than the first, Things hotted up when Cameroon were playing 10 men after a Liberian was sent off for a second yellow. Idrissou took advantage of this a scored Cameroons third goal, the crowd went wild, well around us they did as we had a good view.
so this leave Cameroon the top of their group having won three out of three games - Go Lions.