By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, Cameroon

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon resisted and frustrated the efforts of the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia for 90 minutes on Saturday in Rades Tunisia.

It needed a great Fabrice Ondoa to prevent the unlucky Tunisian side from recording a victory on the day as the game ended on a virgin score.

It was the first time Portuguese Coach Tony Conceição had the chance to evaluate the team he has and quality of players drafted into the squad for the game.

Below are 10 key aspects to note about yesterday’s game:

1) Cameroon’s virgin draw against Tunisia on Saturday meant the Lions extend their unbeaten run against Tunisia to seven games. Four wins and three draws in last seven matches between both nations.

2)Only four players who started in Cameroon’s last game against Nigeria at the 2019 AFCON in July retained their places from the off against Tunisia. Ngadeu Ngadjui, Fai Collins, Oyongo Bitolo and Christian Bassogog.

3)The draw on debut for coach Tony Conceição makes him the fourth consecutive Cameroon coach to draw his first game and the second to earn a virgin draw on debut.

His predecessors; Clarence Seedorf, Hugo Broos and Volke Finke all started with a draw. Denis Lavagne’s 3-1 win over Sudan in the 2011 LG cup makes him the last Cameroonian coach to win on debut. Eight years and counting.

4)Fabrice Ondoa started for the first time in close to two years and kept Cameroon’s fourth clean sheet in the last five games. Three for goalkeeper Onana Andre and one for his cousin and postmate Ondoa.

5)Coach António Conceição gave Saint Etienne’s Harold Makoudi a first taste of international football at senior level. He was introduced at the 66th minutes for captain Michael Ngadeu.

6)The new head coach used 17 players in the game. Only Eboa Eboa, Simon Omossola and Andre Onana were not fielded on the day.

8)On Saturday, António Conceição da Silva Oliveira became only the second Portuguese coach to guide the Lions. Arthur George between 2004 and 2006 is the other.

9)Mainz Midfielder Pierre Kunde Malong lasted 90 minutes for the third consecutive game. No midfielder has had more minutes for Cameroon than Kunde in that time.

10)Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo wore the armband as captain of Cameroon for the first time in his 44th cap for country. Ngadeu handed the armband to the former Cotonsport man before leaving the pitch in the 66th minutes.

Cameroon’s next game is against Cape Verde next month in an AFCON 2021 qualifier game in Yaounde.


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