The Syli Nationale of Guinea clinched bronze medal at the African Nations Championship after edging Cameroon two nil on Saturday at the Reunification Stadium in Douala.
First half goals from playmaker Morlaye Sylla and striker Mamadouba Camara ensured the Guineans finished the competition on the podium.
Sylla,who missed the decisive penalty in the semi final defeat to Mali, put the Syli National in the lead in the ninth minute after some good foot work that enabled him to split open the Cameroon defence before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Haschou Kerrido.
The goal got Cameroon up from sleep as they piled pressure up for an equalizer but midfielder Felix Oukine squandered a glorious chance on the half hour mark.
Seven minutes later, it was the turn of defender, Banga Bindjeme who fired a shot on goal but defender Abou Camara threw his body on the line to keep his side in the lead.
The best chance of the half fell to striker Man Yrke who was left unmarked in the box but headed straight into the hands of goalkeeper Moussa Camara.
Against the run of play, Cameroon were caught cold again when Guinea grabbed a vital second just before the break through Mamadouba Camara who beat the offside trap before firing past Haschou Kerrido.
Cameroon resumed the second half as the ended the first and Felix Oukiné thought he had grabbed a goal back for the Lions but an exceptional clearance on the line by defender Kalif Troare kept the score at two nil.
Ako Assomo was the next in line to test the Guinean goalkeeper with a well-placed shot outside the box but once again the shot stopper produced another excellent save to deny Cameroon.
The best save of the night from goalkeeper Camara came eight minutes from time when he stretched at full length to parry away Junior Mfede’s free kick which was Cameroon’s last real chance of the game as Guinea held on to clinch third spot.