The intermediate lions of Cameroon have played a zero all tie with the Stallions of Burkina Faso, in the last group A game at the African Nations championship.
- It was a remake of their last group game during CHAN 2018 in Morocco, where Cameroon and Burkina Faso drew 1#1
- The intermediate lions needed just a draw to qualify for the last eight, while it was a must win for the Stallions
- Cameroon qualifies for the quarter finals as second best in group A, following Mali’s 1#0 win over Zimbabwe
- Cameroon will now have to travel to Douala where they will play their quarter final game
- Martin Ndtoungou Mpile says their objectives of moving out of the group stage has been achieved
A quick start to the game for the intermediate lions, saw Ngon A Tiati forcing Goalkeeper Babayoure Sawadogo to a save just half a second into the game.
Nine minutes on, Mohammed Ouattara squandered a big chance to put the Burkinabés ahead, before Haschou Kerrido pull one of his usual saves two minute later, to make sure the game stayed virgin.
At the other end, goalkeeper Babayoure Sawadogo came off his line beautifully, to stop Thierry Tchuente at the 21st minute.
Coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile was forced to an early substitution, when left back, Serge Andoulou limped off injured just after the half an hour mark, and was replaced by Stade Renard’s Steve Roberto Kueni.
Étamé François, Banga Bindjeme and Goalkeeper Haschou Kerrido time and again saved the lions, and the closer the lions came in the first segment, was when Marius Ngon A Tiati hit the side netting at the 43rd minute.
Burkina Faso threatened down the left flank through Hamed Belem, as he forced Stade Renard’s Onana Fabrice and Cotonsport’s Mamoudou Hassana to early bookings in the second half, as they tried to stop him.
The lions preferred a defensive approach to counter the Burkinabés fast pace football, as coach Ndtoungou Mpile took out Midfielder Thierry Tchuente and replaced him with defender Gabriel Penda and later on Emmanuel Kofana came in for Fabrice Onana.
The lions again failed to create any meaningful chances in front of goal, but have managed to book a ticket for the quarter finals, though as second best in group A, with five points, behind Mali who finished top of the group with seven points.
Cameroon will play the team that will finish top of group B, with the likelihood of facing DR Congo, in what could be a remake of the 2016 quarter finals.