Cameroon have crashed out at the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualification stage at the hands of Cape Verde, with Samuel Eto'o's return to the national team not enough to inspire progress to the finals.
The island nation's 2-0 win in the first-leg clash saw them through despite the Indomitable Lions winning 2-1 at home on Sunday.
Cameroon coach Jean-Paul Akono, who was in charge of his first match for the country after Denis Lavange's dismissal, refused to criticise his players after winning the match but losing overall.
“I must congratulate my boys,” he told reporters after match.
“The Lions have played the way they could, unfortunately they lost. But it's important to wish the Cape Verde team good luck.”
The visitors took to lead on Sunday through Antonio Pereira early on, before Achille Emana equalised and Fabrice Olinga scored a late winner, but it was not enough to stop Cape Verde from qualifying for their first African Cup of Nations.