By Afeseh Apong
The head coach of the indomitable lions of Cameroon Antonio Conceição, has thrown more light on his decision to choose Vincent Aboubakar as captain of the Cameroon National team.
Before the arrival of the Portuguese, the armband was largely worn by Bayern Munich’s forward Choupo Moting, but recently in the world cup qualifiers Conceição decided to pick Aboubakar as his skipper.
Questions on his captaincy decision came up during his pre_match press conference on Wednesday, but Conceição took time to clear the air.
“Vincent Aboubakar is a player who speaks the same language as myself (Portuguese). That’s a very important factor. He is a very good player, he works well and have much experience in this competition. He is a player who is respected by his mates and I feel like he can adequately represent the coach. I choose him because he is a great leader, and is a very good player on and off the pitch,” Conceição on Aboubakar’s captaincy
About their second group game against Ethiopia, the tactician said the objectives is to pick all three points.
“We prepared this second match with the same trust and confidence. It is important for us to win this game. We’re going to put in place another strategy and and lay emphasis on our objectives, which is that of winning. We have continued with our training sessions and I think our players are ready for the second game.
Cameroon has had fewer Covid-19 cases this far, and Conceição applauds the great job done by his entire staff.
“We’re responsible and we respect the roles. I will like to appreciate the work that our staff have carried out in order to preserve our team from COVID-19. For now fortunately we don’t have any Covid-19 cases.
The lions tried a 3_5_2 system against Burkina Faso during the opening game, a formation which seemingly didn’t go as planned.
“We are actually doing a game plan depending on the team that we have and with that we can actually put pressure on our opponents,” Conceição said.
A notable absence from the match sheet against Burkina Faso, was midfielder, Martin Hongla.
“Hongla had some physical issues and he wasn’t able to train like the others, so we decided to sideline him for the game against Burkina Faso but he has started training since that and I think we will see him in the next games, but it depends on the strategy of the team. All the players that were called are here because they’re up to the task and they can actually do their job till the February 06.
Two Vincent Aboubakar’s penalties secured all three points for Cameroon. Four penalties have been produced this far in just nine AFCON games played, but Conceição thinks penalties are part and parcel of the game.
“If penalties was not part of the game, we won’t have penalties and no team would have scored penalties. We actually developed an offensive style. Penalties can occur in the game. We have our own game style and we want to win by all cost.
The indomitable lions will face Ethiopia on Thursday, with a possibility of securing a place in the round of 16.
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