WRAPUP 1-Soccer-Cameroon leave it late in Guinea-Bissau

Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:18pm GMT

By Mark Gleeson

CAPE TOWN Feb 29 (Reuters) - Striker Eric Choupo-Moting scored three minutes from time as former winners Cameroon scraped a 1-0 victory in Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday at the start of their 2013 African Nations Cup qualifying campaign.

Four-times champions Cameroon, keen to revive flagging fortunes against weaker opposition, produced a laboured display in the first round first leg match.

Elsewhere, Democratic Republic of Congo eased to a 4-0 triumph in the Seychelles while Cape Verde Islands won by the same scoreline in Madagascar.

Alain Kaluyituka scored twice for Congo who were ahead after just eight minutes.

Dady and Ryan Mendes netted first-half goals to set up victory for Cape Verde who are emerging as an improving force in African football.

New cap Sofiane Feghouli, the Valencia striker, grabbed a 57th-minute winner as Algeria came from behind to defeat Gambia 2-1.

Former champions Nigeria, forced to take part in the early stages of qualifying after missing out on the 2012 finals, were held to a goalless draw in Rwanda despite the return of striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni.


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