The head coach of the intermediate lions of Cameroon Martin Ndtoungou Mpile, says he is worried about his forwards inability to score goals.
The lions narrowly edge Zimbabwe 1#0 in the 2020 CHAN opener at the Yaoundé Omnisport Stadium on Saturday evening, curtsey of a 71st minute goal from defender, Banga Bindjeme.
The lions have scored just three goals in their last six games, with two of the goals coming from a defender. Against Zimbabwe on Saturday, the forward zone was under the command of Ako Assomo Loïc, Alfred Meyong, Jacques Zoua Daogari and Bryan Soga. Despite Ako Assomo’s fine display that earned him the Man of the match, the other forwards were not a big threat to the warriors defense.
Coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile has now admitted that his next big assignment will be to solve the lion’s attacking woe, before they face Mali.
“We are going to work on technics in front of the goal area, because we have got many problems with our wingers to play into the goal area. So our main focus will be on this area before the next game”, said Ndtoungou Mpile during his post match press conference.
Lack of creativity up front, is an age old issue for the intermediate lions. Former coach of the team Yves Clement Arroga, had once told the media that he had a good squad, but was lacking a striker with the killer instinct, what Arroga described as “Tueur”.
Speaking on the state radio’s flagship program Cameroon calling, former Indomitable lions defender Victor Ndip Akam, said if Ndtoungou Mpile does not have a goal poacher, he can create one.
“He has to create them. When I was with the junior National team, the coaches (Jules Frederick Nyongha), made me to be a striker. And I think with a special training, it will come”, Ndip Akam told Albert Njie Mbonde.
Ndtoungou Mpile has three days to create his own “Tueur”, before the lions face the eagles of Mali. Both teams have three points each.