By Afeseh Apong
Indomitable lions head coach Antonio Conceição said Cameroon’s win over Burkina Faso on Sunday, was very important in front of the home crowd.
Cameroon came from a goal down to beat Burkina Faso 2#1 in the AFCON opening game thanks to Vincent Aboubakar’s two first half penalties, after Gustavo Fabrice Sangaré had put the Stallions in front at the 24th minute.
“The victory was very important for us. We’re playing at home before our crowd. We started the match perfectly. It is true that we score through penalties m, however the team was able to give the expected result, which is important,” the portuguese gaffer told the press after the game.
Conceição’s 3_5_2 formation didn’t really work as planned, as the lions struggled to impose their playing style.
“I was a bit scared,” Conceição said when asked if he was worried after the Burkinabè’s went in front.
“You know in football there are three results. Either you lose, win or draw. But actually I trust my players. We know that playing at home during the opening game was going to be a little stressful, with some psychological pressure that was actually weighing down on the players and I think that the players had to react”
“We conceded a goal, but our team showed that they were able to be up to the task, to equalize and win the match. We didn’t have a very good match today, but what is important is that we won the match and that’s what should be retained.”
Talking about the role of the home crowd in turning things around, Conceição added;
“If we’re here in this competition today, it is because of this crowd. We need to feel them not only in case of victory, but even during most difficult times. You know that Cameroonians have a very strong relationship with their National team and we’re going to work in this direction in every match, to feel the support of the Cameroonian people.
The game unfolded under the watchful eyes of Cameroon’s head of State, Paul Biya. Cameroon will next play Ethiopia on Thursday, in their second group game.
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