£6.2m Aston Villa flop inspires his nation to World Cup qualification

Estádio do Maracanã, Brazil

Jean Makoun has not gone down in the history books at Villa Park, but he will be remembered for a long time by Cameroon fans for today's display.

We now know 24 of the 32 nations that will be competing at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next year - after the latest African nation booked their place at the competition.

This weekend has already seen the Ivory Coast book their place in Brazil, by sweeping aside Senegal. Meanwhile yesterday saw Nigeria defeat Ethiopia to join the rest of the gang. Meanwhile Ghana take a 6-1 lead to Egypt on Tuesday and Burkina Faso play Algeria with a 3-2 advantage over the Desert Foxes on the same day.

But for Cameroon, the worry is now over. The Indomitable Lions have made it to Brazil after storming to victory against Tunisia in Yaoundé.

The tie was delicately poised before this fixture at 0-0 from the first leg - but Cameroon blitzed their opponents early on.

Pierre Webo got the ball rolling, finishing with a left foot strike beyond the keeper. Then came arguably the game’s best goal - as 25-year-old Nancy forward Benjamin Moukandjo weaved his way through the defence and bent the ball home for 2-0.

Tunisia were not going down without a fight however, and Esperance striker Ahmed Akaichi pulled the away side back into the tie in the second half with a strong half volley finish.

So up step the hero for Cameroon - an unlikely one as well.

Defensive midfielder Jean Makoun may have only played 11 games for Aston Villa in his two and a half years in the Midlands, after costin Gerard Houllier and co around £6.2 million, but he is a Cameroonian hero this evening.

First he bagged a header to make it 3-1, before reacting fastest to a deflected shot, rounding the keeper and sending his nation to Brazil with a composed finish. He certainly is an unlikely hero. These were his fourth and fifth goals for Cameroon, and his first since October 2009!

Here are the goals from the game...

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