By Anye Nde Nsoh
Sports Writer kick442.com Cameroon
Cameroon’s Intermediate lions have beaten DR Congo 2#1 to sail through to their first semi-finals in their history of the CHAN.
Infront of 11,400 supporters at the Japoma Stadium in Douala, the lions proved to be superior in their den. Goals scored by Makabi Goldy for DR Congo, Ndjeng Yannick and Felix Oukine for the Lions.
The victory confirmed the lions place in the semi finals sending them to Limbe.
Egyptian referee Mohamed Mansour sounded his whistle at 8:00pm in Japoma giving room for the Leopards of DR Congo to kick-start.
Both teams took the first seven minutes of the game trying to understand eachother and the green turf of the 50,000 seater Japoma Stadium. Then came a fowl against Henock Inonga earning a Yellow Card. Ndjeng Yannick went for the free-kick, sent it slightly above the goal post.
Another opportunity came for the Lions eight minutes, between Ndjeng Yannick and Ako Assomo, no result.
Lack of understanding between the lions led to a failure within 15 minutes for the lions. DR Congo then recuperated play, through a one and two touch head for the goal post, a beautiful tackle from Steve Keuni, saved the lions from the hands of the Leopards.
First corner kick by DR Congo of the game 20 minutes of play, a long one sent into Cameroon’s danger zone, a header from Makabi Glody, gave first goal for DR Congo.
29 minutes of play through a corner kick, Ndjeng Joseph Yannick did a fine finishing, an equalizer.
From the median Ndjeng again plays with Ako Assomo who tries to go through, was pulled down by Nathan Idumba taking a yellow card. Cameroon almost took the lead from a free-kick but Ngong A Tiati’s header was not good enough
Four minutes to the end of the first segment after a series of trials by both sides for more goals, a hard shot from Felix Oukine made it two for the lions. Intermediate Lions leading 2#1 at half time.
Coach Ndtoungou Mpile and boys returned from the first half break with so much determination to sail to the semifinals for the first time in the CHAN history.
A mixture of green, red, yellow for the lions and white for DR Congo made the beauty of the green turf. Not an easy game it was. Ngong A Tiati gave way for PWD’s Yamkam Basile, Fils Penda who was injured was substituted for Rostand Moukap and Ndjeng Yannick substituted for Bryan Soga.
DR Congo desperate for a third trophy in the CHAN and way through, mounted so much pressure scattering the lion’s defense line, no goal.
Coach Florent Ibenge brought in Jeremie Makola in place of Fiston Kalala, Joel Beya in place of Makabi Goldy and Jean Baleke to replace John’s Kabangu all in an attempt to strengthen his attack line as they struggle for an equalizer.
So much energy in the game. The lion’s defence line made it so difficult for the Leopards.
Cameroon 2#1 DR Congo
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