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Cameroon Is Out After Two Goals Are Waved Off
Shorthanded Cameroon put up a furious second-half challenge but could only tie Chile, 1-1, June 23. Francois Omam Biyick appeared to give Cameroon the lead in the 58th minute, but his goal was disallowed by an apparent pushing foul near the penalty area. It was the second disallowed goal of the game for Biyick, who was offsides when he drilled a 20-meter shot home in the 35th minute. The draw eliminated Cameroon.

Brazil's Cafu Celebrates
(Michael Leckel/Reuters)
Cameroon Sees Lead Slips Away
Anton Polster scored in injury time to give Austria a 1-1 tie with Cameroon, spoiling a spectacular goal by Pierre Njanka (pictured, right), who evaded two defenders on a spectacular 40-yard run and fired a shot past Michael Konsel in the 77th minute. Starting just beyond the midfield line, Njanka, making only his third international appearance, sidestepped two defenders before blasting his shot over Austria's diving goalkeeper.

From The Post

 JUNE 17: Cameroon No Match for Italy
 MAY 15: The Glass Slipper May Not Fit Cameroon Anymore

From the AP

 JUNE 23: Shorthanded Cameroon's Rally Comes Up Short Against Chile
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World Cup Highlights

 Fourth participation in World Cup
 Quarterfinalists in the 1990 World Cup in Italy
 Two-time winners of the African Nations Cup
 African Nations Cup finalists twice, in 1972 and 1986

First-Round Results

Date Results Site
Thursday, June 11 Cameroon 1, Austria 1 Toulouse
Wednesday, June 17 Italy 3, Cameroon 0 Montpellier
Tuesday, June 23 Cameroon 1, Chile 1 Nantes

Complete First-Round Results


Pos. Name Age Club
GK Jacques Songo'o 34 Deportivo Coruna
GK Alioum Boukar 27 Vanspor
GK William Andem 29 Boavista
D Pierre Wome 19 AS Lucchese
D Raymond Kalla Nkongo 23 Panahaiki
D Rigobert Song 21 Metz
D Serge Kwetche 21 Racing Bafoussam
D Joseph Ndo 22 Cotonsport Garoua
D Michael Pensee 24 Chunnam Dragons
M Joseph Elanga 19 Yaounde
M Samuel Eto'o 16 Leganes
M Lavriano Etame 21 Unknown
M Marcel Mahouve 25 Montpellier
M Salomon Olembe 17 Nantes
F Augustine Simo 19 St. Etienne
F Samuel Ipoua 25 Rapid Vienna
F Francois Omam Biyik 31 Sampdoria
F Alphonse Tchami 26 Hertha Berlin
F Joseph-Desire Job 20 Lyon
F Patrick Mboma 27 Gamba Osaka
  Pierre Njanka 23 Unknown
  Didier Angiebeaud 23 Unknown

Road to France

Won Lost Tied GF GA
4 0 2 10 4
How Qualified: First place in CAF Group 4
Aug. 17, 1997Zimbabwe 1, Cameroon 2
June 8, 1997Angola 1, Cameroon 1
April 27, 1997Cameroon 2, Togo 0
April 6, 1997Cameroon 1, Zimbabwe 0
Jan. 12, 1997Cameroon 0, Angola 0
Nov. 10, 1996Togo 2, Cameroon 4

Facts and Figures

Location: Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Biafra, between Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria
Population: 14,677,510 (July 1997 estimated)
Capital: Yaounde
Comparative area: Slightly larger than California
Religions: Indigenous beliefs 51 percent, Christian 33 percent, Muslim 16 percent
Landscape: Diverse, with coastal plain in southwest, dissected plateau in center, mountains in west, plains in north

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