By Angu Lesley
Football writer kick442.com-Cameroon
The head coach of the intermediate Lions of Cameroon Martin Ndtoungou Mpile has admitted his side underperformed against Niger in Monday’s 1-2 defeat at the Omnisport Annex 1 Stadium.
The Lions looked second-best to the Mena of Niger in their second warm-up in the last lapse of preparations for the upcoming African Nations Championship on home soil.
Goals from Moussa Adamou and Ibrahim Djibrilla Issa for Niger had just a respond from substitute Cameroon forward Jacques Zoua Daogari in an evening to forget for Serge Andoulo and co.
The recent defeat has only amplified negativity around the team from pundits and fans alike who expect more than they are being offered irrespective of the constraints.
Speaking post-match Mpile acknowledged his team played below par but as expected the experienced gaffer has his eyes on the positives and anticipates a quick turn around while admitting all is not well.
“The team didn’t play well but we will continue to work. It is important to go into the CHAN in a confident state. The technical and collective organisation must be worked on“, Mpile opined.
Cameroon’s run of no win in four epitomizes the team’s woes but the gaffer remains optimistic.
“I hope we will regain a good team spirit. There were some moments of play which were really good. We will try to exploit them going forward. We hope to get it going in our last game against Zambia,” the 62-year old trainer keen on impressing in his second stint in the team started.
Cameroon with just a point from two games climax their preparations for the 16 nations African Nations Championship on Thursday against a hungry Zambia side also winless in two outings.
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