The intermediate lions of Cameroon have suffered a devastating 0#2 defeat in the hands of the Chipolopolo of Zambia.
Goals from Collins Sikombe and Zachariah Chilongoshi meant Ndtoungou Mpile and his boys finished rock bottom of the rankings in the Pre_CHAN tournament in yaounde.
Jacques Zoua Daogari led the troops, as the lions looked impressive in the first segment, though could not create any meaningful chances.
Chipolopolo goalkeeper Lameck Chama was not troubled, as Captain Adrian Chama, Benedict Chepeshi, Clement Mulanshi and Zachariah Chilongoshi, shielded him well at the back.
A zero all score line at the break, was the best both sides could offer.
The Zambians looked sharp upon resumption, and it took just five second half minutes for Collins Sikombe to put the Chipolopolo’s ahead.
Ndtoungou Mpile brought in Mfede Junior, Christian Mayo, Man Ykre Dangomo in the place of N’Djeng Yannick, Ngong A Tiati and Joël Emmanuel Kofana, but it was the Zambians who increased tally, when Zachariah Chilongoshi got Goalkeeper Epane Letizi beaten from a corner kick.
Christian Mayo suffered a Malaise and spend less than 10 minutes on the pitch and was replaced by Atangana Amougou, while Jacques Zoua ceded his place to Bryan Soga.
The Zambians stood firm, with coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic solidifying his team, by pumping in the likes of Bruce Musakanya, Leonard Mulenga, Golden Mafwenta, Amit Shamende and Albert Kangwanda.
Lacking creativity, the lions failed again in front of the minister of sports and physical Education, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi and FECAFOOT’s président, Seidou Mboma Njoya.
In three outings in the pre_CHAN tournament, the lions have scored just two goals, conceded five, one draw and two defeats. A worrying situation for Cameroonian just eight days to the kick-off of the CHAN.
Martin Ndtoungou Mpile told the press afterward that he had no declaration to make, and needed more to reflect.
“I am very surprised, I don’t understand anything“, Ndtoungou Mpile said, looking frustrated.