Intermediate lions head coach, Martin Ndtoungou Mpile has admitted that his team lacks the technical quality and collectivity, though he remains optimistic ahead of the kick-off of the African Nations championship.
The intermediate lions hit a new low on Monday evening, as they suffered a 1#2 defeat to the Mena of Niger at the Annex one stadium in Yaoundé, in front of thousands of fans and top football administrators in the country.
Ndtoungou Mpile and his boys have come under media scrutiny following their dwindling form of recent, with draws against UMS of Loum and Uganda, coupled with defeats to Stade Renard and now Niger.
Speaking to the press after their recent unconvincing display against Niger, Martin Ndtoungou Mpile concedes that his team is lacking technically.
“The team did not play well. We were not at the top of our game. We will continue to work, because it is necessary that before we engage the CHAN, everyone should be reassured“.
“There are a lot of details that we need to rework. The technical Quality and the collective organisation, we need to rework it completely“, Ndtoungou Mpile added.
Niger’s top duo of Moussa Adamou Issa and Ibrahim Djibrilla Issa, were on target in the first half, and the lions attempt to fight back in the second segment could only produce a consolation from Jacques Zoua late on. Ndtoungou Mpile is staying positive.
“I hope we will regain a good team spirit. There were some sequences of play which were really good, so we will try to exploit them, so that the team can be stable”.
The absence of six cotonsport players currently on club duty, was visible, as the Midfield missed the organizational skills of Felix Oukine and Thierry Tchuente. Ndtoungou Mpile is expecting them back into the squad immediately after their CAF cup game against Green Eagles in Garoua on Tuesday.
About 11 days before Cameroon host Zimbabwe in the CHAN opener, Martin Ndtoungou Mpile and his collaborators will have to act fast to put things in order. Their last game of the Pre_CHAN tournament against Zambia on Thursday, might be the perfect avenue for a perfect response.
“We will do everything possible to see that we kick start the CHAN, with lots of optimism”, the tactician assured.