The head coach of the local eagles of Mali Nouhoum Diane, have insisted that defeated is not an option in Wednesday’s game against the intermediate lions of Cameroon.
Mali takes in Cameroon in a crunch group A game on Wednesday at the Amadou Ahidjo Stadium. With both teams tight at three points each and the same goal difference, the winner of the fixture will grab the first ticket for the quarter finals.
Coach Nouhoum Diane and Midfielder Sadio Kanouté during their pre_match press conference, stressed on the importance of winning on Wednesday.
“In this type of competition, the most important thing is to win. If we score many goals, it will be good, but otherwise the most important thing is to come out with the three points“, Nouhoum Diane told the press.
“We don’t have the right to loose this match, my players are aware of that. So mentally I think we are ready for that match. But it is just a football game and anything can happen, but we will do everything possible to win this match” Nouhoum added.
On his part, Midfielder Sadio Kanouté said they can build from the result of their first game, though admitted that two games are never the same.
“The first match was a good result for us, and the second game against the host country. Every game has its realities. We are preparing the game with serenity. Cameroon has their strong points and we also have cards to play and we hope it will be a good game” said the Stade Malien Midfielder.
“We don’t have to focus more on our opponents (Cameroon), we have to on ourselves, to know what we can put forth to win this game”, Kanouté added.
Ahead of Wednesday’s game, a strong from Mali has joined the team in Cameroon, amongst which is the coach of the their senior national team, Mohamed Magassouba.
Siaka Bagayoko’s 70th minute header made the difference, as the Eagles of Mali against Burkina Faso, while Banga Bindjeme’s acrobatic drive at the 71st minute, rescued the lions from the Warriors of Zimbabwe, in the first round of games in group A. With three points each, both Cameroon and Mali are now setting sights on a quarter finals spot. This makes Wednesday’s game an interesting one to watch.