By Angu Lesley
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
The head of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon António Conceição Da Silva Oliviera has insisted that his team is targeting top spot going into Tuesday’s group F crunch fixture against Rwanda in Japoma-Cameroon.
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will be back on the pitch on Tuesday evening as they look to restore smiles on the faces of their diehards after a disappointing 3-1 defeat last Friday against Cape Verde Island in Praia.
Though the Lions kept their top in the group after Match-day five results, they face real competition for the spot from Rwanda and Cape Verde Island going into the last round of fixtures on Tuesday in Douala and Maputo where Mozambique host Cape Verde.
Speaking during the pre-match presser on Monday at the conference hall of the Japoma Stadium, the 49-year old Portuguese trainer acknowledged the defeat wasn’t the ideal scenario for his team but emphasized on the players and staff desire to right the wrongs of Praia and start in style in Japoma so as to finish top of group F.
“Our first goal is to finish first in the pool,” Conceição highlighted for the second time in days.
Cameroon needs just a draw to finish top of the group while Rwanda must win or draw and hope for a Mozambique win in Maputo to reach the AFCON.
Having secured qualification as host, Conceição is also working on building a good team for the next AFCON host with a 6th triumph as the ideal scenario for Cameroon havin clinched the fifth in 2017 in Gabon.
“Our second goal is to create a group. As you can see, the skeleton of this group of 14-15 players is already formed,” the gaffer revealed.
Cameroon has a relatively competitive squad but with depth being the major ingredients for success in tournaments and the trainer’s will get just that, it explains why he handed debuts to Jean Emile Onana and Ako Martin Assomo during the game against Cape Verde and has the likes of goalkeepers Simon Omossola, Haschou Kerrido, Banga Solomon and Blondey Meyapia waiting in the wings.
Cameroon versus Rwanda at 8pm on Tuesday will be the reverse of the fixture the Lions scored late through Nicolas Ngamaleu to win in October 2019 in Kigali barely weeks after Conceição’s arrival.
Cameroon are host of next year’s 2021 AFCON tournament and will be hoping to win the sixth crown on home soil, something which the 1972 generation failed to achieve when they country last hosted the competition.
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