The head coach of the local Atlas Lions of Morocco Lhoussaine Ammouta, has revealed that his team’s collective play style made it impossible for Cameroon to create any meaningful Chances.
Ammouta’s Atlas Lions trounced the intermediate lions 4#0, thanks to a brace from Soufiane Rahimi and a goal each from Soufiane Bouftini, and Mohammed Ali Bemammer.
During his post_match press conference, Ammouta revealed that his game plan was centered around closing down the spaces and staying compact.
“We had lots of respect for the Cameroon team because they could do us bad especially on set pieces. We knew before the game that it was not going to be easy. At the start of the game, we had lots of difficulties organizing our play”.
“What killed our opponents was the first goal. For us it was all about collective work. We tried not to give space to our opponents. We were very precise and realistic, especially in our midfield and defense. So I think the lack of space made it difficult for Cameroon to create scoring chances. But despite that, it was difficult for us. Ammouta responded when quizzed on if his game plan was centered centered on shutting down the likes of Ako Assomo.
Apart from staying compact at the back, the Moroccans made good use of their pace, and took their chances to near perfection.
The Defending Champions [Morocco] have been the best side this far, with 13 goals scored in five games and just three conceded. The last hurdle in their title defense will be the Eagles of Mali on Sunday February 07, at the Amadou Ahidjo Stadium.
“We are in a good road to retaining the title we won two years ago. I think we have just one speed break on our way to doing that. It will not be easy , we can not win a game before it is played, so we have to put in lots of efforts to do that, Lhoussaine Ammouta opined.
Should Morocco beat Mali to retain their title, then they will become the first country to win the competition back_to_back.