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South Africa 3-1 Cameroon

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South African striker Luther Singh scored a hat-trick as South Africa came from behind to beat Cameroon in their Group B clash in Ndola.

The Sporting Braga player scored twice in the first half coupled with a spectacular finish in the second to make Eric Ayuk’s opener count for little.

The victory takes Amajita to the summit of the standings with the maximum three points followed by Senegal and Sudan in that order with a point each, with Cameroon in that order pointless.

It was a deserving victory for the South Africans who had Portugal-based Singh to thank for the biggest win so far in the competition.

It was a lively performance by both teams, who gave the fans some cause to cheer. With both teams struggling in search of their feet, Ayuk headed ‘Les Lionceaux’ into the lead on 15 minutes against the run of play from a Kalvin Ketu cross from the left.

The South Africans responded immediately through Singh with a free-kick that Cameroon goalie Junior Dande spilled into his net.

The equalizer was the turning point of the game for Amajita, who began to dictate the pace. On 25 minutes, their efforts yielded a penalty after Sibongakone Mbatha was brought down by Tolo Nouhou. Singh made no mistake by sending Dande the wrong way to give his side the lead for the first time in the game.

Back from recess, Singh completed his hat-trick on 57 minutes with a superb finish to take the game beyond the Cameroonians.

‘Les Lionceaux’ lifted up their game but their efforts at reducing the deficit produced no dividends.

South Africa will face Senegal on Thursday whilst Cameroon battles Sudan both in Ndola.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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