YAOUNDE: Cameroon, first black African country to make their presence felt at the World Cup finals, will be in Brazil next summer.
The Indomitable Lions of thrashed Tunisia 4-1 to follow up a goalless draw in the first leg in Rades and thus march through to the finals also by 4-1 on aggregate.
Chelsea veteran Samuel Eto’o and his team-mates will now seek to emulate the achievements of his hero, Roger Milla, who led Cameroon to the quarter-finals in Italy in 1990 before losing in extra time to England in Naples.
Cameroon have qualified for all but one World Cup since then. They failed to qualify only for Germany 2006 when Pierre Wome’s penalty miss in stoppage time of their last qualifier provoked rioting in Yaounde.
This time Pierre Webo gave Cameroon a perfect early start after punishing a defensive mix-up. Benjamin Moukandjo doubled the lead before substitute Ahmed Akaichi pulled one back for Tunisia. Their hopes were extinguihsed by two late goals from Jean Makoun.
German manager Volke Finke’s men thus became the third African nation to reach the finals this weekend after Nigeria and Ivory Coast.
Burkina Faso (who lead Algeria 3-2) and Ghana (leading Egypt 6-1) are favourites to complete the quintet.