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CHAN 2018 preparations – Cameroon draw with Guinea
It was in the chilly Moroccan evening that both teams engaged the game with lots of zeal and marksmanship to mark their presence in the game. Though half empty, the scanty fans of both teams provided enough vocal push to enable their players have a foretaste of what the competition would look like.
Cameroon was the first to create an opening, with a fine finish from Messi Bouli in the 5th minute, following a clean assist from playmaker Kouoh Bille. The clinic cut left finish didnot only create a frenzy atmosphere in the stands, but also sparked revolt from the Intermediate Sily National. They pounded the lions’ goalpost but always fell short due to the excellent skills of the Cameroon goalie Gwot Kalati.
With few changes made, the Guineans showed more stamina in the second half while Cameroon proceeded with fast plays. At the 88th minute, Guinea’s set piece specialist Bangoura made useless of the opposition defence wall, sending through a bullet that was on target for the equaliser and final score.
At the end both coaches expressed delight with the quality of play. For Guinea’s Mohammed Kanfory Bangoura, “it was a good test for my boys, I loved their reaction after we conceded the first goal, it shows we’re almost ready for the CHAN.” The same goes for Cameroon’s Rigobert Song whose team was playing it’s first game since the 13th of November 2017. For him, “my boys showed lots of character, it’s true we had to run behind the ball almost all through the 2nd half, but the first game is always like that.” Time for adjustments to be made as coach Song adds, “we have a complete team, we have two more top notch games to prepare, it’s only after those matches that we’ll be able to evaluate our boys.”
The Intermediate Lions leave for Casablanca this Friday ahead of Saturday’s game against Morocco. They begin the CHAN on the 16th January in Agadir against Congo.
By Simon Lyonga in Rabat
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