Posted: Friday October 12, 2012 5:52 AM

Cameroon braced for most important match of year

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) -Cameroon enters its most important match of the year trailing by two goals and with a new coach, while Nigeria will be without its captain for this weekend's decisive final round of qualifying games for the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

Morocco and defending champion Zambia also are under pressure as qualifying reaches its climax with 15 second-leg matches to decide which teams join host South Africa at the continental championship early next year.

Four-time African Cup winner Cameroon - under the newly appointed Jean-Paul Akono - trails Cape Verde 2-0 on aggregate ahead of its home leg on Sunday. Nigeria hosts Liberia on Saturday without injured skipper Joseph Yobo and with that tie finely balanced at 2-2.

Morocco must overturn a 2-0 deficit at home against Mozambique.

 
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