The head coach of the U20 lions of Cameroon, Ousmanou Christophe ended his post_match press conference prematurely, after judging a question from a Mauritanian journalist as an insult.
The Junior lions of Cameroon edged host Mauritania 1#0 in the tournament’s opener at the Olympic stadium in Nouakchott on Sunday evening, thanks to a late goal from Sunday Njang Junior.
As tradition holds, coach Ousmanou Christophe reported to the conference room of the Olympic stadium in Nouakchott for his post exchange with the media.
A Mauritanian journalist asked “Coach your team is being accused of haven falsified the ages of your players, what’s your response to such claims?
Ousmanou Christophe did not take the question lightly.
“Those are accusations that should be condemned. He is the only one to have such information and I think it is an insult.” Ousmanou Christophe responded.
“It is an insult and I will not answer such questions. We did not come here to be insulted. I’m sorry, if it is to ask questions, you can ask, but if it is to insult us, I think we don’t have a place here and it is better we leave. The tactician lashed out and immediately walked out of the conference room.
CAF’s on-site media Officer in charge of Group A then then advised the Mauritanian Journalists to ask questions with the match context.
Cameroon is looking for its second silverware in that category, after they won the competition back in 1995. The U20 lions have however finished runners up in four editions (1981, 1993, 2009 and 2011).
Cameroon qualified for the tournament as winners of the UNIFFAC zonal tournament that took place in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea late last year.
Ousmanou Christophe and his boys will be back in action on Wednesday, as the face Uganda, with the hopes of securing a place for the next round of the competition.