By Angu Lesley
Football writer kick442.com-Cameroon
The intermediate Lions of Cameroon have reached a first ever semi-final of the African Nations Championship.
The boys of coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile came from behind to beat two times winners DR Congo by to two goals to one to seal a semi-final spot in a dramatic first ever competitive game at the Japoma Stadium in Douala-Cameroon on Saturday, January 30th.
Goals from Yannick N’djeng of AS Futuro and Cotonsport’s Felix Oukine helped the team reach new heights in the CHAN.
Speaking post-match, coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile expressed his delight about the success in very tough circumstances and assured supporters of the Lions going forward.
“I will say, that getting to the level of the semi-finals for the first time is ok. We have a game to play. We have to be prepared. We have to keep the same state of mind and face this clash taking into consideration everything that will make us win. I believe for us to come this far we had to concentrate in all our games including this game against DR Congo. Now that it is done, as soon as we know our opponent in the semi-finals, we will prepare hard for it,” Cameroon’s coach, Martin Ndtoungou Mpile told the media after the game.
Cameroon had a slow start to the game, conceding from a corner through Makabi Lilepo in the 21st minute.
However, the Lions dug deep into their energy bags to get the results. Mpile salutes the efforts of his players.
“It is always difficult and sad to play a game and concede the first goal. You need to level scores and recall your players to order. Morally people need power to come back to play with much energy. Our players were ready and I say congratulations to my players,” the gaffer concluded.
Cameroon travels to Limbe this Sunday to begin preparations for the semi-final game against the winners of the quarter-final fixture pitting Zambia against holders Morocco.
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