By Anye Nde Nsoh
Sports Writer kick442.com Cameroon
Lead trainer of the Leopards of DR Congo Florent Ibenge ahead of the quarter finals clash with Intermediate Lions of Cameroon, says he is happy to meet with Rwanda 2016 group stage contender.
When press men expressed worries how he feels meeting with 2016 Rwanda group stage contender, he says he is rather happy to meet with his colleague.
“I do not take football in terms of revenge. I am very happy to meet Martin (Ndtoungou) tomorrow. We were in the same group in Rwanda 2016. We lose against Cameroon and there is nothing to say and now in 2021, we have absolutely nothing against Cameroon. During 90 minutes we will do all to win and after there is no bad feelings. Tomorrow we have 90 minutes and it can go up to 120 minutes or penalties. But not matter the outcome, after the match we remain brothers.” Florent Ibenge.
It is going to be an exciting encounter for the fans of both teams. Hundreds of fans will want to have a feel which prompts the coach to express his joy playing in front of fans after their absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We like to play in front of the crowd. We were deprived of that for a long time, but now there will be people in the stadium. Everyone who come to watch us, we want to make them happy.”
The coronavirus pandemic has been a major thread in football. To solve this issue coach Florent says it is better to work with lots of polyvalence, making the players know that even if one is a center Forward, he/she can find yourself playing right back.
“We did covid-19 test yesterday and we do not yet have the results. We trained this morning but I do not know exactly which team I will put tomorrow. It is a big problem for us coaches, because neither me or Martin (Ndtoungou Mpile), knows the type of results that will be presented to us and even when they will be out. I wanted to work on dead balls, but then if then results come and you discover that five players are out in relation to the work I did, what should I do?. So we are in total uncertainty. A new way of training now is working with lots of polyvalence, making the players know that even if you are a center Forward, you can find yourself playing right back at a certain point. I am happy to have players who can do multiple tasks. That’s why up till now, we have not cried a lot.”
Intermediate lions of Cameroon will face Leopards of DR Congo, Saturday 30 January 2021 at Japoma Stadium.
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