🇨🇲 Cameroon's quarter final syndrome: Are the lions set to suffer same fate as in Sudan and Rwanda? - MySoccer24

🇨🇲 Cameroon’s quarter final syndrome: Are the lions set to suffer same fate as in Sudan and Rwanda?

The intermediate lions have suffered suffered defeats in two CHAN quarter finals

“The opponents of Rwanda 2016 are not the same today. I think no lock was put on Cameroon’s door to say that your own competition ends at the quarter finals. We are staying positive and I think we can advance and do better.”

That’s what Martin Ndtougou Mpile said after Cameroon’s last group game against Burkina Faso, when asked if he can lead the lions pass the quarter final, the same stage where he ended with the team in Rwanda 2016.

The intermediate lions have missed out on just two editions of the African Nations Championship, the inaugural in Ivory coast in 2009 and South Africa 2014.

In three other editions they have featured in, notably Sudan 2011, Rwanda 2016 and Morocco 2018, the lions have reached the quarter final twice, but have never gone beyond that.


The intermediate lions made their maiden appearance at the CHAN, during the second edition in Sudan 2011. Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso was the coach of the team back then, with a cream of talented players.

In their opening game against DR Congo, the lions emerged victorious 2#0,  with goals from Julien Momasso and Ismaela Baba. Four days later, the lions  edged Mali 1#0, before thrashing Ivory coast 2#0 at the Al Mereikh stadium on February 14, 2011, to finish top of the group.

A confident intermediate lions side moved to the quarter final, with their next opponents being Angola. A zero all score separated both sides after extra time, but Angola won 8#7 on post match penalty shootout.

Rwanda 2016: Ndtoungou Mpile’s first coming

Haven missed out of the 2014 edition in South Africa, Martin Ndtougou Mpile lead the lions to Rwanda 2016, with the hopes of doing better.

Yes it was a great start to the competition from the lions, with a 1#0 win over Angola, some kind of a revenge for what happened in Sudan 2011. Ethiopia seemed to have slowed down the lions machine in the second group game, when they play a nil nil tie, but a highly motivated lions bounced back with a 3#1 spanking of DR Congo in their last group game, with Atouba Emmanuel, Moumi Ngamaleu and Samuel Nlend all hitting target for the lions.

Ivory coast came calling at the quarter final. Ndtoungou Mpile watched from the dugouts at the Huye stadium that January 30, 2016, as has boys conceded three times and bowed out of the competition.

Nothing much can be said of Morocco 2018 under Rigobert Song, which stands out as the lions worst participation at the CHAN.

Ndoumbe Bosso and Ndtoungou Mpile, who all failed to lead the lions pass the quarter finals in 2011 and 2016 respectively, are now part of the same technical staff, with the hopes that they can share the lessons learned during their separate stints, to help the lions beat their previous records.

The intermediate lions will be hoping for third time luck, when they face DR Congo at the Japoma stadium on Saturday, but Florent Ibenge and his boys will also be hoping for same, as they will be attempting to beat the lions for the first time, at the African Nations Championship.

After Saturday’s game, we will get a better idea if third time luck will prevail or if it is the quarter final syndrome for the intermediate lions.


Afeseh Apong

Afeseh Apong is a graduate of the Advanced School of Mass Communication, ASMAC, and is currently Team press officer of PWD Bamenda

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