By Boris Esono N
Football Writer kick442.com Cameroon
Two Cameroonians, Goalkeeper Haschou Kerrido, and defender Etame Ngombe have been featured in the group of 11 best players at the group stages of the Africa Nations Championship, CHAN.
The Technical Study Group (TSG) of the CHAN did make public this list of the 11 best players last February 5. This list which follows a 4-5-1 formation also included the top goal scorer in the competition in Sophiane Rahimi.
Cameroon headed into the competition knowing the pressures are on their shoulders for them to win the title on home soil. Goalkeeper Haschou Kerrido and Etame Ngombe at the defence have been very essential for the intermediate Lions as they succeeded in qualifying for the quarter-finals, though second on the group to Mali.
Statistics show that Haschou Kerrido recorded 15 stops, the best total of any goalkeeper who participated at the CHAN. Unfortunately for him, his heroics ended with a hammering against Morocco at the semi-finals as Cameroon lost 4-0. Kerrido was guilty of the first goal.
Etame Ngome did also look impeccable at the defence for Coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile. The player did feature in all of the games at the group stages. The defender, a former Njalla Quan Academy player has often seen as the next Song in the way he defends and guards his goalkeeper.
Against defending champions Morocco, though the team lost, Etame Ngombe was seen as one of if not the best players for the Cameroonian side in that game. He was not guilty of poor passes or lack of concentration, which characterised the play of the team. His beautiful defending skills were cheered on by fans at the semi-final game in Limbe.
Banga Solomon, another jewel at the group stages for the intermediate lions was, however, overlooked. Moroccan Abdelmounaim Boutouil was preferred to Solomon. Banga was the marksman for Cameroon as his two goals were enough to carry the side out of the group stages. He was one of the top goalscorers at the group stages.
Others on the list include Malian Moussa Kyabou, Congolese Mick Ossete, Morocco’s Sophiane Rahimi (highest goalscorer), Togo’s Richard Nane, Guinea’ Morlaye Sylla (best player of the group stage), and Nouhoum Diane, with Mali’s Coach named the best tactician.
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