CHAN 2021: Morocco Defends Title Sunday as Cameroon’s Intermediate Lions Crash out to an Embarrassing End
The Guinean intermediate football squad Saturday, February 6 flogged Cameroon’s Intermediate Lions two-nil at the Douala Reunification Stadium to grab the third place in the ongoing local continental football championship. The defeat leaves the host country without a trophy to show, despite kickstarting the competition on a good footing.
Guinea’s two goals were scored at the 9th and 46th minute of play by Sylla and Bangoura respectively. According to the match statistics, the Guineans were surgical as the only two shots they had on target gave them the much-needed goals to seal a deserved victory to mount the podium after the final Sunday, February 7 in Yaounde.
Cameroon recorded three shots off target with not one of them causing the expected damage. They also possessed the ball most of the time at 53%, completed 366 passes and stood at pals with Guinea on the number of accurate passes at 71. This was not enough to give the expectant and victory-hungry home crowd reason to celebrate.
The Bashing from Moroccans left the Intermediate Lions demoralized and disoriented (C) Journal du Cameroun
Saturday’s defeat comes on the heels of another vexing outing Wednesday, February 2 against the Intermediate Atlas Lions of Morocco in Limbe, in the war-torn Southern Cameroons, where they went four goals down.
Controversial Quarter-Final Game
Cameroon beat The Democratic Republic of Congo at the quarter-finals to progress to the semis, but it was a controversial lap as pre-match politics concerning Covid-9 testing of the Congolese players created the feeling of some mischief on the side of the hosts.
During the game, Cameroon survived an early scare by the visitors to win two-one and qualify for their first-ever semi-final alongside Mali. At the Japoma Stadium, Makabi Lilepo opened the scoring in favour of the Leopards before Yannick Ndjeng and Felix Tcheoude struck back to send the home fans into a frenzy.
Rahimi and mates celebrate after he found the net twice for Morocco against Cameroon in Limbe (C) BeSoccer
Despite the Indomitable Lions playing at home in front of their supporters, it was their opponents who started the game brightly, hoping to silence the home supporters. The two-time champions saw the net in the 20th minute as Lilepo rose incredibly high to head home a corner kick.
That goal only provoked the home squad into more action, and they intensified their attacking machinery, cheered by a teeming home crowd to find the goals. They obtained the equalizer in the 28th minute after Congolese Keeper, Ley Matampi failed to clear the danger in his vital zone. Ndjeng was without pity, tapping-in easily to reset the scoreboard at one-all.
Tcheoude's thunderous strike was deflected at the 41st minute of play to give the hosts a one-goal advantage which they held onto until the blast of the final whistle.
The Intermediate Eagles of Mali are now set to take on the Intermediate Atlas Lions of Morocco in the final of the tournament in Yaounde. The North-South clash will produce the winner of this year’s jamboree hosted in a war-torn country for the first time. Morocco is the reigning champion.