By Anye Nde Nsoh
Sports Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
DR Congo’s lead trainer Jean-Florent Ikwange Ibengé has expressed dissatisfaction after failing to qualify for the semi-finals of the African Nations Championship CHAN 2020.
Responding to the press who expressed worries over his feelings, the 59-year-old gaffer says they are returning home unprepared with an incomplete mission
“I congratulate the lions, we are going back home when we were not prepared to go out at this level. We aimed at reaching the finals but we will go back and prepare for the next competitions. We did not work as we could so we should think of getting better in the next competition. I do not want to be political but what happened to was not nice.”
Reacting to the controversies arising from the COVID-19 cases in his team, the head coach spoke on his dissatisfaction.
“Yesterday 13 players were declared positive we were tested at 11:00pm and we got results at 2:30pm the next day, this is not fare. Our defenders, midfielders and attackers were tested positive which is already a problem to our team. I think this is not nice it gives a bad image of Cameroon. At this time I will tell u that there was a counter expertise. Our results went to a laboratory that is not approved by CAF and the results were not valid because the results by CAF later proved different.” Florent Ibenge Opined.
“Negatively, I took drugs when I was not sick, we had an issue. We were declared COVID positive, players did not play whereas they were not sick. It is not good. It is even criminal. DR Congo Coach, Florent Ibenge lamented
Before DR Congo’s last encounter against Niger, some players and coach were tested positive. Hours before the game against Cameroon, coach Ibenge appeared for a press conference and was later declared positive alongside 13 members of his delegation. The delay and controversies in test results caused the frustration in the coach’s mind.
DR Congo failed to qualify for the semi-finals in the CHAN 2020 tournament loosing to host country Cameroon 2#1.
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