Cameroon’s intermediate lions have played a 1#1 draw with Cranes of Uganda in the opening game of a Pre_CHAN tournament in yaounde.
Both teams ended the game with 10 men, following red cards to Ocen Ben and Basile Yamkam.
The lions and the Cranes went head to head on new year’s day at the Amadou Ahidjo Stadium. The Cranes’ Ocen Ben was red carded 12 minutes into the game following a fault on Alfred Meyong.
The intermediate lions took the lead at the 13 minute, when captain Banga Bindjeme headed home a perfect right footed delivery from Felix Oukine, beating Goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa.
Fabrice Onana of Cameroon was the first player to get into the referee’s books for bad play, before his teammate, François Etame was also shown yellow at the 16 minutes.
The intermediate lions dominated possession for majority of the first half, but were forced to an early substitution at the 38 minute, when left back, Serge Andoulou collided with Ojera Joachiam, and was replaced by Stade Renard’s Steve Roberto.
The lions took a one goal advantage for the break.
Upon resumption for the second half, coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile brought in Ndedi Junior and Thierry Tchuente, in the place of François Etame and Frank Edima respectively.
A resistant Ugandan side drew the game level at the 69 minute, when Ojera Joachiam combined with Karisa Milton, for the latter to beat Goalkeeper Dande Junior.
More substitutions for the intermediate lions, saw Wilfried Bougain and Mani Bertrand coming in for Yannick N’Djeng and Alfred Meyong respectively.
Intermediate lions right back, Basile Yamkam was shown red at the 90th minute, as he attempted to stop a quick counter attacking move from Uganda.
Both Coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile and Johnathan McKinstry of Uganda would have surely learned their lessons from today’s game and will go back to the drawing board to re_strategize for their upcoming games against Zambia and Niger.