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Bulls Abroad: Cameroon qualifies for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

Anatole Abang's national team is heading to Gabon 2017.

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Edgar Salli put Cameroon into the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations with an emphatic strike that proved to be the Indomitable Lions' winner against Mauritania.

Neither team was able to add to the score, and Mauritania's task was complicated by going a man down late in the second half. The 1-0 win sees Cameroon clinch top spot in its AFCON qualifying group and a guaranteed berth at the 2017 tournament in Gabon.

The New York Red Bulls' Anatole Abang won his fourth cap for his country when he relieved Vincent Aboubakar in injury time, seeing the out the last few minutes of the game as Cameroon duly secured the three points it needed to render the final round of qualifying games moot: the Lions will be in Gabon.

For head coach Hugo Broos there is now the luxury of using Cameroon's final AFCON qualifier (in September) as an audition for places in the squad that will be chosen to kick off the team's first set of final round CAF qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup (should get started in October). Abang has now appeared in his senior national team's last four international engagements. He is by no means a first team regular, but the experience is surely encouraging and he will hope to stay in Cameroon's plans for both AFCON and the road to Russia 2018.