• Cameroon winless run continues after defeat to Niger.
By Beng Emmanuel
Niger scored two first half goals to edge hapless Cameroon 2-1 in a game that left plenty of positives for the Intermediate Lions barely 11 days to the African Nations Football Championship, CHAN.
Cameroon’s 2017 Afcon winner Jacque Zoua scored a late consolation goal but failed to inspire his team to a comeback after conceding two goals from rather careless circumstances.
Moussa Adouma opened the scoring with a superb one touch finish after a beautiful combination with Ibrahim Djibrilla to hand Niger the lead barely five minutes into the tie.
Cameroon’s lone concrete attempt was Meyong Etong’s towering header from Atangana Amougou inch perfect corner kick but it only hit the woodwork.
Niger’s skipper Mamoudou Hama deflected a shot almost on target but a potential own goal which could have enabled Cameroon bounce back into the game was prevented by an ever present Emar Halidou carefully grab it firm.
Ibrahim Djibrilla continued his perfect goal scoring run and took up goal scoring duties for Niger by converting a first half penalty to double tally before the break.
Niger’s victory is their first win in the four nation’s tournament. They join Uganda who beat Zambia to record their first win as well.
The Intermediate Lions are winless in their two outings. The team has scored twice and conceded three goals.
Cameroon face Zambia in their final game as both teams search for a first win. Meanwhile Uganda take on Niger in an entertaining fixture.
Should Ndtoungou Mpile get worried?
An unsatisfied and distressed Martin Ndtoungou Mpile walking past journalists after the game without a comment, sums up Cameroon’s performance against Niger-uninspiring.
Not that Niger were much of a threat to Cameroon. In fact there were less clinical but made the most of their chances. At full time, the visitors were short of words. They could not believe they beat Cameroon. Sounds more of an exploit than just a mere win.
“We are happy today. We beat Cameroon. We are satisfied with our performance today. It’s an exploit to beat Cameroon. We are proud” Niger’s captain said after the game.
The Intermediate Lions had firm control over the game, at least another consolation but often unlikely to overturn their misfortunes despite being roared by their fans. At some point there was clearly no consistency in their game. Clear cut chances were hardly created. The few available were not effectively exploited.
The defence had similar patches of untold worries. Frequent boyhood errors almost caused the team a lot. The goalkeeper Haschou Kerrido had a day to remember. Well-known for his brilliant long passes and excellent vision, the talented goalie was visibly far from his best.
Cameroon’s goal scoring woes continues.
They scored once in their last game against Uganda. Even after re-enforcing the squad with several strikers on various training camps, the team no doubt lacks the required ingredient to change the game around at any given point.
Despite putting up such an unconvincing display, the technical staff still have a game to convince and about eleven days left to present a title winning squad.
Cameroon is aiming to clinch a historic title on home soil becoming only the second nation in CHAN history after Morocco to achieve the feat.