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Cameroon draw with Nigeria to end CHAN preparations
Both teams played a 0-0 tie in their last warm up game in the build up to the CAF biennial competition that opens this weekend in Morocco. For a start it was an opportunity for the two coaches to try their first teams less than a week to their opening games.
Rigobert SONG of Cameroon started with his traditional 4-3-3 play style as against a more compact 4-5-2 of his Nigerian counterpart Salisu Yusuf. The game was open, and though it ended goalless, the two sides showed proof of mastery and will to ably represent their ambitions in the competition.
Despite the numerous substitutions (six in each camp) to hand play time to many, the game intensity never dropped, with vigilance kept till full time. With just two days in Rabat and braving the cold weather to put up a spirited battle, the Nigerian coach sounded satisfied with his team. For Salisu, “our boys did well against a well organised Cameroonian team, the cold was a hindrance though we know we’ll brave it after spending more days in Rabat”.
For Coach Song, “the game was the best we played since we came over, and I’m happy my boys could put up such a show in front of a great team like our day’s opponent”. Both teams are now ready for the start of the CHAN. Nigeria’s experienced goalkeeper and captain Okechukwu Ezenwa in reaction said, “ we played a good team and came out unscathed despite the adversity, it means we’re ready to go in Morocco 2018”, while Cameroon’s captain Junior Awono was more careful with his words, “we’re still to see our other opponents play, but I think we have a chance to make our mark this year.”
As for their ambitions, both coaches sounded more careful than before, “a semi final ticket will be good,” for Song, while for Salisu, “our objective is to go as far as possible in the competition.”
Team Cameroon leaves for Agadir on Friday and play their first game on the 16th against Congo.
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