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Bulls Abroad: Cameroon 1-1 Mali - Match Highlights

There was a little more to Cameroon vs Mali than Ambroise Oyongo's goal - here's a look at THAT goal in context.

Aurelien Chedjou, because not every picture can be of Ambroise Oyongo
Aurelien Chedjou, because not every picture can be of Ambroise Oyongo
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You may already know Ambroise Oyongo, possibly destined to be the next potentially great young player the New York Red Bulls allow to slip away in their ceaseless quest to ensure the "new" part of their name rings true each and every day, scored a goal for Cameroon in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

It was his first goal for his country and his country's first goal at AFCON since January 25, 2010 (largely, it should be said because Cameroon didn't qualify for AFCON between 2010 and 2015). And it was Oyongo's first goal in a competitive match since he joined RBNY in 2014.

Not bad at all for a man who was the least-capped player in Cameroon's starting line-up: Raoul Loe and Fabrice Ondoa won their ninth caps against Mali, Oyongo's appearance was his eighth for his country; his fellow defenders on the day - Nicholas Nkoulou (57 caps), Henri Bedimo (39 caps), and Aurelien Chedjou (29 caps) - are all considerably more experienced at this level.

The goal arrived in an important context for the Indomitable Lions: they were a goal down in a back-and-forth game and it was the 84th minute. Guinea's draw with Ivory Coast earlier in the day meant Cameroon was looking not just at a loss but also at being bottom of the group after the first round of matches.

It would have been a demoralizing start to lose 1-0 out of the gate, especially since the result would have been an unfortunate echo of Cameroon's 1-0 loss to Mexico in its opening game of the 2014 World Cup. The Lions do not want to revisit that memory in a hurry.

But Cameroon is looking forward, not looking back. Next up is Guinea on January 24.