By Charles Embola
Host Country Cameroon have put a stop to the fairy tale venture of the scorpions of Gambia who were making their maiden participation. Throughout the competition, host Cameroon had been far from their very best display, but today’s 1/4 final was a well used opportunity to oil their game and keep a first clean sheet in the competition.
Portuguese born Head coach Antonio Concecao Oliviera was full of praises for his defense led by La Gantoise of Belgium’s Micheal Ngadeu Ngadjui. According to him, his side played with more concentration which is what he had heralded in training sessions ahead of the clash.
On why his substitutes don’t create the needed spark:
“We are working on several possibilities for opportunities to be created at any given time for each player. We saw it today with Njie, but unfortunately his attempt to Beat the keeper with a drop shot didn’t work out. This things do happen but our expectations would be to see those chances converted into goals.
On the fine form of Aboubakar and Karl:
“I’m very lucky to have those two playing for my team, you can’t ask for more than what they’ve been able to prove in this tournament. There’s so much we expect from them and with their form, they are just a joy to watch.”
Karl Toko Ekambi becomes the second highest goal scorer on five goals trailing team mate Vincent who wasn’t lucky to get into the scoresheet today but leads the chart with six in the tournament so far.
Indomitable lions opponent in the semifinals will be determined by the other quater final clash between North African giants Morocco and Egypt on Sunday 30th in the Amadou Ahidjo stadium of Yaoundé, the country’s Capital city.
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