Cameroon coach impressed after Intermediate Lions comeback win against Djibouti

By Beng Emmanuel

The Head coach of Cameroon’s Intermediate Lions Martin Ndtoungou Mpile says he is impressed with his side’s display after they produced a stunning comeback to beat Djibouti in an international friendly in Yaounde on Monday. 

Mahamoud Doualem scored the opener from close range after hapless defending from Cameroon’s defence. The host battled back to level scores in the first half from Yamkam Basile’s towering header before Ebembe Elimbi netted the winner five minutes later. 

Caption: Coton Sport forward Marou Souaibou impressed on his debut with the Intermediate Lions (Photo credit: Allez Les Lion)

Coton Sport teenage forward Marou Souaibou missed the chance to score on his debut with the team when his sublime strike slightly went above the woodwork. 

Ako Assomo and Ebembe Elimbi got glaring goal scoring chances to seal a comfortable win but their finishes were not good enough to hit target. 

Cameroon were reduced to 10-men after PWD Bamenda’s Yamkam Basile was showed red by the referee but his exit didn’t chance the course of the game as the Lions returned to winning way in their preparations for the 2021 African Nations Football Championship. 

This is Coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile’s second win since his appointment as lead trainer of the team last month. He beat Cameroon League one side Canon of Yaounde (2-1) on his debut and drew with Futuro Kings of Equatorial Guinea (1-1) last week in Yaounde. 

The gaffer has praised the outing of the squad but believes they must continue to work hard as the nation eyes a maiden CHAN trophy. 

‘“I am satisfied that we won the game. It’s a new team and I think we have so many things to work on. We are going to do it during the training sessions. We are going to come back to the errors we did today and I think that next time we are going to do better,” he said after the win. 


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