Cameroon, five-time African champion, was surprisingly dominated by Namibia (2-1), Tuesday in Soweto in South Africa, as part of the CAN 2023 qualifiers while Senegal, defending champion , ensured his qualification.
Namibia, modest 113th nation in the FIFA rankings, won thanks to goals from captain Peter Shalulile (55th) and Absalom Limbondi (79th), while Vincent Aboubakar saved the honor of the Indomitable Lions in added time (90th +1).
Held in check four days earlier, coach Rigobert Song had defeated the recall of the captains, including captain Aboubakar, Nicolas Nkoulou and Zambo Anguissa to play this decisive match.
But in the absence of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Karl Toko Ekambi, the Cameroonian attack failed to overturn the result.
Thanks to this prestigious success, Namibia moved to the top of Group C with five points, one more than Cameroon, and four more than Burundi.
The next two days will be played on June 12 and September 4 with two final matches: Burundi-Namibia then Cameroon-Burundi.
Burkina Faso is going straight for it
In Group D, Egypt crushed Malawi (4-0) in Lilongwe with a goal from captain Mohamed Salah, to take the lead with 9 points tied with Guinea.
Malawi and Ethiopia are behind at six lengths, two days from the end.
Senegal, defending champion, went to ensure its qualification for the next CAN in Maputo, where it won (1-0) against Mozambique with a goal from Boulaye Dia, served by Sadio Mané.
Burkina Faso, who needed a point to qualify, settled for a 1-1 draw in Togo and will also see the CAN finals next January-February.
South Africa, victorious over Liberia (2-1) in Monronvia, will also be there.
In addition to Senegal, Burkina and South Africa, Algeria and Morocco have punched their tickets for the continental competition alongside host country Côte d'Ivoire.