Three first-half goals helped Cameroon hammer Niger 3-0 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) second-round first leg clash was played at the Stade Général Seyni Kountché in Niamey on Friday.
Both teams created good goal scoring opportunities more especially in the first-half. But it was the Indomitable Lions who were prolific on the day.
The match got off to a lively start as the two teams attacked each other. Cameroon defender Nicolas Nkoulou made a good tackle to stop Niger striker Moussa Maazou four minutes into the game.
Cameroon forward Clinton Njie ran onto a long ball from the midfield in the ninth minute and unleashed a shot which sailed wide of the target.
The visitors should have been 1-0 up in the 17th minute, but Indomitable Lions striker Vincent Aboubakar missed the target from close range.
Maazou was set through on goal five minutes later. However, the well-travelled centre forward was ruled off-side.
The Indomitable Lions were awarded a corner-kick in the 36th minute. The resultant corner-kick was headed home by Cameroon captain Stephane Mbia.
Cameroon then scored twice within two minutes. First it was Vincent Aboubakar through a free-kick in the 39th minute. Before Edgar Salli netted five minutes before the break.
A quite second-half following as the two teams struggled to maintain possession in the final third.
Niger made late attacks in search of goals. But Cameroon stood firm until Moroccoan referee Noureddine El Jaafari blew the whistle to end the game.
The return-leg is scheduled to take place at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé on Tuesday.
Cameroon 3 (Mbia 36', Aboubakar 39', Salli 40')
Niger XI: Daouda, Fatoukouma, Souleymane, Chikoto, Ali, Cissé (Halidou 73'), Kalala, Soumaila (Konate 82'), Kowa, Adamou (Adebayor 87'), Maazou.
Cameroon XI: Kameni, Oyongo, Nkoulou, Chedjou, Bedimo, Mbia (Kom 72'), Siani, Salli, Choupo-Moting (Kweuke 84'), Njie (Oumarou 64'), Aboubakar.