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Gambia, Cameroon register big victories

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Matchday three in CAF World Cup 26 qualifying concluded with emphatic victories for Cameroon and The Gambia on Saturday.

Cameroon swept aside Cabo Verde in Yaounde, with Vincent Aboubakar netting a brace in a 4-1 success. Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui headed the Indomitable Lions in front, before Aboubakar’s smart finish doubled their lead.

Jamiro Monteiro pulled one back for the visitors, coolly slotting past Andre Onana, but Aboubakar’s penalty restored Cameroon’s two-goal advantage. Nouhou Tolo scored the home team’s fourth, before Cabo Verde were denied a late consolation when Onana saved Kevin Pina’s spot-kick. The result puts Cameroon top of Group D, where they lead second-placed Libya on goal difference.

The Gambia earned their first Group F points with a thumping 5-1 win over Seychelles. Muhammed Badamosi’s close-range effort put the Scorpions ahead early on, but Ryan Henriette soon scrambled in an equaliser.

The teams went in level at half-time but The Gambia turned on the style after the break. Musa Barrow fired them back in front from the penalty spot before Yankuba Minteh struck their third. Badamosi’s header made it 4-1, and substitute Adama Sidibeh completed the scoring with another fine headed finish.

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