Under 17 Lions first training session in Brazil ahead of the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup (www.kick442.com images)

By Angu Lesley

Football Writer,kick442.com – Cameroon


The Under 17 Lions of Cameroon have suffered their first defeat since arriving Brazil.

The boys of coach Thomas Libiih accepted a 2-1 defeat to Brazilian Serie B side Planaltina Esporte Clube.

On a hot Friday afternoon at the Serejao stadium, Coach Thomas Libiih opted start with three of the players who have been left out of the World Cup squad.

Etienne Eto’o, Tiki Joss and Barel Fotso all started against a Serie B side seemingly too strong for the Lions.

Cameroon came close in the 17th minutes when a well worked pass from Etienne Eto’o played in Tiki Joss but his short came off the upright.

Under 17 Lions of Cameroon Vs Planaltina

Planaltina Clube was purposeful in possession especially in the first segment but their efforts in front of goal led them down on numerous occasions.

A 40th minute set piece effort gave Planaltina the lead.

At half time coach Libiih made multiple changes bringing in Speedy forwards Nangoh Samuel and Yannick Noah amd pushed Eto’o from midfield to a forward role.

Seven minutes into the second segment Planaltina scored their second goal.

Substitute Nangoh Samuel came close but in the 66th minutes but his short went wide.

In the 63rd minutes, Patrice Ngolna half the deficit as Cameroon dominated their opponents in that phase of the game.

Substitutes Yannick Noah and Nongoh Samuel created difficult moments for opposition defense but poor decision making alongside wayward finishing made it difficult for Cameroon to get the equalizer.

At full time it was 2-1 for Planaltina and Cameroon suffered their first defeat in since arriving Brasilia.

In all Cameroon scored 10 goals and conceded 3 in those four games in Brasilia.

The team will leave Brasilia for Sao Paulo on Saturday morning.

The Lions will continue their preparation in Sao Paulo until October 23rd when they leave for Vitoria ahead of the first game against Tajikistan on October 29 before facing Argentina and finally Spain back in Brasilia.


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