Cameroon were defeated 1-0 in the Democratic Republic of Congo today as they launched a bid to win the All-Africa Games football title a record fourth consecutive time. Mutombo Kazadi from local club Vita scored the only goal in Kinshasa midway through the second half of a final round, first leg qualifier at the 80,000-seat Martyrs Stadium.
The country that emerges victorious after the return match on 9 July in Yaounde will join seven others at the quadrennial multi-sport championships which Mozambique host during September.
Cameroon, who travelled to the Congolese capital without defender Jean-Patrick Ndzana after he was dropped for indiscipline, were hoping to get back on the winning trail after a shock recent Olympic Games loss to Tanzania.
All-Africa Games and Olympic Games qualifiers are restricted to U-23 footballers and Cameroon won the African competition in 1999 (Johannesburg), 2003 (Abuja) and 2007 (Algiers).
A waterlogged Nyayo National Stadium pitch prevented Kenya and Uganda playing in Nairobi and the match has been rescheduled for noon local time tomorrow. Nigeria came from behind to defeat Ghana 3-1 in Benin City yesterday and South Africa defeated Zimbabwe 2-0 in Daveyton while the Conakry fixture between Guinea and Senegal was put back one week.