By Giovanni Wanneh
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
One of the surviving goalkeepers of the 2018 African Nations Championship, Anye Derick, has described the announcement to call off the intermediate Lions fifth training camp as shocking.
The announcement came in on march 18, due to the growing concern of the new enemy (Coronavirus pandemic.)
Before the camp was called off, Derick had been one of 31 players in camp with Yves Clement Arroga and was involved in a couple of friendlies against local clubs.
“It was shocking and disappointing because we were prepared. But health is wealth, so we have to be in good health to play. I am staying calm, keeping confidence so when the chance comes, we grab it by the neck,” the 25-year-old goalkeeper told kick442.com.
Just like he did in 2018, the former Bamenda FC goalkeeper says he would elated to contribute to the success of the team when the time comes, “it will be an honour to make the final squad,” the current Panthere goalkeeper ended.
The position of keeping the net away from danger is considered as not being very attractive by many, with chunks of players in modern times looking forward to getting goals and assists. However, Anye’s love for being between the sticks, clicks like the old good combination of bread and butter.
“The most important part of being a goalkeeper is to learn how to manage pressure. I take goalkeeping as a big responsibility. Once you lose concentration, you might be out of the game.”
As per head-to-head records in Cameroon’s Elite One campaign, Anye Derick has a better game time and save percentage.
Derick played a whopping eight games at the start of the season without conceding. In an in-depth explanation, the ‘safe hands’ told kick442.com it is the pride of every goalkeeper: “Eight games without conceding a goal was very long and quite interesting. Every goalkeeper’s aim is not to concede a goal. It is always frustrating when a goalkeeper concedes. I know that mistakes are bound to happen, but how you react, makes you a great goalkeeper.”
The fifth camp was the second for the shot stopper who really looked forth to take his chance when it came knocking.
Anye Derick like many others is turning on the afterburners with workouts, hoping that the CHAN initially scheduled for April 4, gets a new date, possibly after the Coronavirus scare.
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