The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup qualifier after a 1-1 draw with Nigeria in Yaounde on Monday night.
After being thrashed 4-0 by the Super Eagles during the weekend, the stalemate provides at least some redemption for the Indomitable Lions, though their hopes of reaching Russia 2018 are all but gone.
The result does mean that Nigeria will have to wait until at least the next round of matches in October to confirm their place at the World Cup finals.
During the match, Moses Simon scored on the half hour mark, putting Nigeria ahead.
Three minutes later it was nearly 2-0, with Odion Ighalo turning his marker inside out before firing a left-footed shot just over the target.
Cameroon started strongly in the second half, but struggled to find a way past Nigeria’s resilient defence.
Just past the hour mark coach Hugo Broos made a double change by introducing Christian Bassogog and Vincent Aboubakar to boost his attack, while Nigeria responded by sending on Ndubisi Agu for the tiring John Obi Mikel.
Midway through the second half Moses almost doubled the visitors’ advantage, as he showed great skill and composure to open up shooting space in the box, only to see his effort skim the crossbar.
Cameroon drew level with 15 minutes of regulation time to play, as Aboubakar converted a debatable penalty which had been given away in a collision between goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Arnaud Djoum.