Ba brilliant for Senegal

Demba Ba was the hero for Senegal as they won a tense 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Cameroon on Saturday.

The Hammers striker kept his nerve to score with a superb strike three minutes into added time to make it three wins from three for his country, sparking wild celebrations among the 60,000 fans gathered in the capital Dakar. Ba had only entered the fray as a substitute for the final 15 minutes.

Senegal's victory - their first in 20 years against their old rivals - moved Senegal five points clear of their opponents in Group E with only the winners certain to qualify for the finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea next year. The tournament will take place between 21 January and 12 February 2012.

Herita Ilunga's DR Congo are third in the same group with one point from two games and have a chance to cut the gap on Senegal when they host Mauritius in Kinshasa on Sunday. Also on Sunday, Victor Obinna's Nigeria, second in Group B with three points from two games, play host to Ethopia in Abuja.