It is a sad ending for the Intermediate Lions of Cameroon as they suffered a one-nil defeat from the Mena of Niger, eliminating them from the 2022 CHAN.
It took almost an hour for the Intermediate Lions to leave the dressing room this evening after the match.
Head Coach, Alioum Saidou in the post-match press conference highlights that he did not underestimate the team of Niger yet his team lost the match.
“I did not doubt my team at any time. Until the referee blows the final whistle, the match is not ended. I trusted my players until the end. That is why I still did changes towards the end,” Coach Alioum Saidou adds.
He however blames their defeat on poor finishing.
As for the Mena, it was full celebration as supporters who turned out in their numbers hailed their team.
In the post-match press conference, the Niger Coach, Harouna Doula highlighted his team’s tactical presence and organisation throughout the match.
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Cameroon – Niger
Post-match Press Conference
Coach of Niger, Harouna Doula, “I said we will press on them and that is what we did. Our strategy was to avoid conceding any goal. I say congratulations to my team.” pic.twitter.com/Hrzj61RvaQ
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“We realised that they are a team that uses corridors a lot so we blocked them especially at the level of players like Ngom,” Coach Harouna Doula indicated.
Quarter Final Teams for 2022 CHAN
The eight teams qualified for the quarter finals of the African Nations Championship are now known.
In Group A, Algeria and Mozambique have sailed through meanwhile Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire are representing Group B and Madagascar and Ghana in Group C.
As for the two groups of three teams, Mauritania is representing Group D while Niger represents Group E.
Quarter Finals Fixtures
Quarter final matches of the CHAN will be played in Oran as follows:
Algeria vs Cote d’Ivoire – January 27, 5pm
Senegal vs Mauritania – January 27, 8pm
Madagascar vs Mozambique – January 28, 5pm
Niger vs Ghana – January 28, 8pm
Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi on special assignment in Algeria