Male', MALDIVES – Maldives has been knocked out from the 15th edition of the Nehru Cup, after tasting a 3 - 1 defeat against the giant Cameroon. Playing 4 games in 7 days Maldives team looked tired against Cameroon and it made things worse as they were down to 10 men in the 2nd minute of the second half.
Maldives turned up with a young team for the tournament and displayed overall good performance handing a 2 -1 win over Nepal and beating Syria in same score line while lost to host India by 3 – 0.
Maldives Coach Istavan Urbanyi was off the bench to serve his one match suspension and Mohamed Nasir (Naabe) was in the helm in the vital game.
In the 11th minute of the game Cameroon took the lead from a perfect volley by Kingue Mpondo who was left unmarked inside the penalty area.
With a perfect move by defender Akram, Maldives leveled the game in the 26th minute of the game. From middle of the park Akram pass the ball to Ismail Easa and matched back with the ball inside the penalty area and tapped the ball in to the top net of the goal giving no chance to goalkeeper.
A minute before the equalizer Ashfaq penetrated the defense line of Cameroon and entered in to penalty area but his touch to beat the goalkeeper was not enough to reach it back.
Kingue Mpondo regains the lead for Cameroon in the 40th minute with his second of the day. With full of power Kingue Mpondo well headed the corner kick in to the back of the net.
First of the game ended in a 2 -1 advantage to Cameroon.
Ashad Ali was sent off in the 47th minute as he argued with the Referee when Referee awarded a controversial penalty kick for Cameroon. Ebanga Bertin scored from the spot to make it 3 – 1.
After three minutes of added time score remained 3 -1 in favor of Cameroon and it made way for India and Cameroon to meet in the final of the tournament.