Intermediate Lions Pay Homage, Win Canon On “National Mourning Day”

Giovanni Wanneh,

Sports Writer Cameroon

Cameroon’s Intermediate Lions immortalised the country’s ‘National Mourning Day’, by putting on black and observing a minute of silence against Canon, before their two – one victory.

Saturday 31, was set aside as the date to mourn for kids who were brutally murdered in Kumba, Southwest region of Cameroon.

Stade Renard’s ‘mickey mouse’ forward Francis Elimbi drew first blood for the Intermediate Lions on half an hour (30 minutes), before Union’s star – boy, Nlend Samuel doubled tally at the 56th minute.

Being an Intermediate Lion himself, Nguede Nguede scored for Canon, against his intermediate Lions teammates. Nguede’s 77 minute converted penalty didn’t change the game’s complexion, as it ended 2-1 in favour of the Intermediate Lions.

Talking to the FA’s site, Team Manager Timothe Atouba said players were individually touched by the sad incident in Kumba, and needed an opportunity to send sincere condolences across.

He (Timothe Atouba) further voiced that, there wasn’t any better day to send condolences – than the ‘National Mourning Day’, as declared by the Head Of State.

It is the team’s first match, and indeed first victory under coach Ndtoungou Mpile.

Candles were lit up all over the nation and abroad, to commemorate Saturday October 31. The intermediate Lions weren’t to be left aside.


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