Martin Ndtoungou Mpile has revealed that intermediate lions captain, Jacques Zoua Daogari is not fully recovered, reasons for his absence in the lions recent outings.
The former cotonsport forward captained the intermediate lions in their 1#0 win against Zimbabwe in the CHAN opener on January 16, but have missed consecutive games against Mali and Burkina Faso.
Fans have questioned the forwards absence, as the lions struggles in front of goal weighs on.
Ndtoungou Mpile and his boys secured a quarter final ticket following a zero all tie with the Stallions on Sunday evening, though finishing second best in group A, behind Mali.
During his post_match press conference, Ndtougou Mpile was asked if Jacques Zoua Daogari was still injured or if there is just a Zoua problem at the moment.
“Jacques (Zoua) did not play today because he is not fully recovered. If you must have noticed, he still has a bandage on his thigh and is still being monitored by the team doctors. Looking at the intensity of today’s game, I never wanted to risk him because the intensity was too high, so I preferred he follows the medical protocol so as to be fully fit. So there is no Jacques Zoua problem”, Coach Mpile told reporters.
The Burkinabés were clearly the better side in the last game, as the lions preferred a defensive approach knowing fully well that a draw was all they needed to sail through.
“Burkina Faso presented a very good playing style. We had lot of difficulties in stopping them, but luckily we did not concede a goal. In the second half we put up a strategy to make sure that they don’t have much of the ball.
“Our objective was to qualify. You talk of playing flamboyantly, but I think between qualifying and playing very and not qualify, I will choose qualification. So now I will prepare to face our next opponents. We have four or five days to put certain things in order and I think we will be ready”
Cameroon will be making their third appearance at the quarter finals of the CHAN. The last time the lions reached that stage was in Rwanda in 2016, when Ndtoungou Mpile was the head coach. Five years on, the tactician believes much has changed.
“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.