The head coach of the intermediate lions of Cameroon Martin Ndtoungou Mpile, has revealed that Jacques Zoua Daogari is nursing an injury, reasons why he didn’t feature in Wednesday’s game against Mali.
The intermediate lions and the Eagles of Mali seperated one all, with early goals from Banga Bindjeme and Mali’s Issaka Samake.
Coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile made three changes in his previous starting XI that played Zimbabwe last Saturday, with Mfede Junior, Ndedi Junior and Man Ykre all starting.
A surprise absence was captain Jacques Zoua Daogari, as Banga Bindjeme led the troops out of the tunnel.
Speaking during post_match press conference, Ndtoungou Mpile revealed the AS Futuro Forward is suffering from a muscle strain.
“Jacques Zoua has a muscle problem. The medical team are taking care of him. If everything works well I think he will be back in the next game”, Mpile responded when asked about the absence of his captain.
Ndedi Junior was also handed a surprise start ahead of Etame François, but the Donlap Academy man was substituted just 25 minutes into the game. Ndtoungou Mpile explained why he carried out the early substitution.
“We decided based on what Ndedi could offer, but unfortunately he was injured very early in the game. We think he could play all the game, but the injury forced us to substitute him”
On the game proper, Ndtoungou Mpile opined.
“Mali presented a very good team, it is a team that plays very well collectively. The have some particular players who caused us lots of problems throughout the game. We gave all our best till the end. We had good chances in the game, but they were well defended. So a think a draw game is merited for the two teams”
Cameroon will now face Burkina Faso is a crunch group A decider on Sunday, with the lions hoping to qualify for the quarter finals for the first time since 2016, in Rwanda.