If the football authorities in Cameroon judge that I never did my best, they can remove me from the post
Cameroon’s hopes of reaching a maiden CHAN final on home soil, were dashed out, when the Atlas Lions of Morocco flogged them 4#0 in the semi final in Limbe. Attempts from Ndtoungou Mpile and his boys to save shame with a third place finish, were also thwarted away by Morlaye Sylla and his Guinea teammates.
The intermediate lions CHAN 2020 campaign has not been satisfactory, despite being their best ever finish in the competition (fourth place).
In six games played, Cameroon has recorded just two wins, against Zimbabwe and DR Congo, two draws against Mali and Burkina Faso and two defeats to Morocco and Guinea. The lions conceded eight goals and found the back of their opponents net just four times.
The lions near dismal performance has time and again been blamed on coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile, either for the choice of players selected for the competition, or those making his match day Squad since the competition began on January 16.
63_year_old Ndtoungou Mpile was appointed head coach of the Intermediate lions on October 21, 2020, replacing Yves Clement Arroga, barely three months to the CHAN.
Instead of finding solutions to what was lacking under his predecessor (goals), or what Arroga himself described as “tueur”, Mpile opted for a total overhaul of the team.
Then captain, Mark O’ojong, Etta Thomas Bawak, Anye Derrick Fru, Rene Ndi, Pange Lobe, Ebongue Yannick, Samuel Nlend and a host of others were sent home without any justification, while from nowhere came the likes of Jacques Zoua, Yannick N’Djeng, Mfede Junior, just to name but these.
These Ndtoungou Mpile’s “Wonderboys” failed to make things happen.
In the aftermath of the Classification game against Guinea on Saturday, Ndtoungou Mpile was asked if he is considering the option of resigning, but the tactician says he leaves all in the hands of the competent authorities to decide.
“It is the state of Cameroon that appointed me to this post. I have never deposited my candidature to be coach of the intermediate lions. So if the football authorities in Cameroon judge that I never did my best, they can remove me from the post”, Ndtoungou Mpile said during his post_match press conference in Douala on Saturday.
This was Ndtoungou Mpile’s second spell as head coach of the intermediate lions, and he has already beaten his record of 2016, where he ended at the quarter finals.
History holds that no coach has ever guided the intermediate lions to back_to_back participations at the CHAN. Ndoumbe Bosso was in charge in 2011, Ndtoungou Mpile in 2016, and Rigobert Song in 2018. It might be just a matter of time, before the wind of change sweeps through the intermediate lions den.
RESULTS SINCE NDTOUNGOU MPILE TOOK OVER (All competitions)
Intermediate lions 2-1 Canon✅
Intermediate lions 1#1 Futuro Kings❎
Intermediate lions 2-1 Djibouti✅
Intermediate lions 1#1 Djibouti ❎
Intermediate lions 1#1 Akonangui FC❎
Intermediate lions 3#0 Fortuna✅
Intermediate lions 2#0 Canon ✅
Intermediate lions 2#0 Colombe✅
Intermediate lions 6#1 APEJES✅
Intermediate Lions 0#1 Stade Renard❌
Intermediate lions 0#0 UMS❎
Intermediate lions 1#1 Uganda❎
Intermediate lions 1#2 Niger❌
Intermediate lions 0#2 Zambia❌
Intermediate lions 1#0 Zimbabwe✅
Intermediate Lions 1#1 Mali❎
Intermediate Lions 0#0 Burkina Faso❎
Intermediate Lions 2#1 DR Congo✅
Intermediate Lions 0#4 Morocco❌
Intermediate Lions 0#2 Guinea❌