By Nji Nelson Chefor
Sports writer, kick442.com – Cameroon.
The Indomitable Intermediate Lions of Cameroon will this Wednesday January 20, 2021, face the Eagles of Mali in their second group A fixture in the ongoing Total African Nations Championship, CHAN.
Both teams are too of Group A with 3 points each after winning their opening group match against Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso.
Victory for either teams will guarantee them a quarter finals ticket and there will be no room for complecency for them.
Cameroon will want to build confidence from their last outing just like Mali.
The match promises to be a cracker between both nations.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
In the ranks of Cameroon, the Total Man of the Match against Zimbabwe, Ako Assomo will be one of the players to watch out for. His agility, ability to go pass players and speed on the flanks will be instrumental for team Cameroon.
Serge Andoulou is only another player to watch out for. The defensive winger will be delivering the crosses just like he did against Zimbabwe.
Solomon Charles Banga Bidjeme is also dangerous from set pieces.
Alfred Meyong, Zoua Daogari Jacques, Thierry Tchuente and Felix Oukine can also be very dangerous on their good days.
For the eagles of Mali, Siaka Bagayoko who scored Mali’s goal against Burkina Faso is a player to watch out for. The fast left back was one of the dangerous players for Mali.
Stade Malien midfielder, Sadio Kanoute will also be to look out for. The young creative midfielder on his good day can break any defense with his passing ability.
Moussa Kone who was Mali’s top scorer during the qualifiers will want to open his goal scoring account.
Martin Ndtoungou Mpile of Cameroon is the former deputy coach of the national selection. He took over the intermediate Lions on October 21, 2020.
It’s Ndtoungou Mpile’s second spell as coach of the intermediate Lions. He guided the team to their quarter finals exit in 2016. He is assisted by Ndoumbe Bosso Emmanuel and David Pagou who also have a lot of experience on the job.
Abdoulaye Konate of Mali on his part led Stade Malien to domestic cup triumph. He also doubles as the country’s U-17 coach.
Cameroon will be making it’s fourth appearance in the tournament. They took part in the competition in 2011, 2016, and 2018. The intermediate Lions have never gone pass the quarter finals.
For Mali, they will also be in their fourth participation just like Cameroon. The eagles were runners up in 2016, losing the finals to DR Congo.
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