Mbaizo, Cameroon advance to Qatar 2022 World Cup


Philadelphia Union defender Olivier Mbaizo’s Cameroon National Team had a thriller coming back from a first leg defeat at home and down a goal in extra time to qualify for their 8th FIFA World Cup appearance.

Cameroon fell in opening leg of the qualifiers, conceding a 40th minute goal to Algeria's Islam Slimani. Playing on the road, Cameroon responded quickly with a Bayern Munich forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scoring in the 22nd minute. Tied on aggregate, the match went the distance with Algeria looking like their place had been secured with a 119th minute goal. The Indomitable Lions fought back and did so in the final seconds with an 124th minute finish from Karl Toko Ekambi.

Mbaizo dressed for both legs of the World Cup Qualifiers but did not make an appearance in the fourth and final round of FIFA World Cup African Qualifiers. The call up earlier this month was Mbaizo's eighth senior team call up for his country where he has earned 11 senior international caps for the Indomitable Lions.

Mbaizo and Cameroon will learn what group and their opponents at 12 p.m. ET during the World Cup Drar that will take place in Doha, Qatar on Friday, April 1.