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Total CHAN 2020: 🇨🇲🇿🇼Banga delivers lions from warriors

Cotonsport's defender, Banga Bindjeme stroke late, as the intermediate lions narrowly edge warriors

The intermediate lions of Cameroon have beaten the warriors of Zimbabwe 1#0, in the opening game of the African Nations championship.

Banga Bindjeme’s 71st minute bicycle kick at the Yaoundé Omnisport Stadium means the Intermediate lions kick start the 2020 African Nations championship with a vital win, in front of the home crowd.

Ariel Sibanda’s excellent save at the 19th minute of the game to deny Serge Andoulou, was perhaps the best chance of the first segment.

At the other end, Goalkeeper Haschou Kerrido was less active, but each time the warriors came calling, he answered present. His full stretch to thwart out Leeroy Mavunga’s corner, was timely.

2017 AFCON winner, Jacques Zoua Daogari once again failed to inspire Confidence, as he squandered two clear cut chances to punish Goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda for his misjudged outings.

A zero all tie at the break was just a perfect reflection of what transpired in the field of play for the first 45 minutes.

The lions returned from the break looking more exciting than before. Ako Assomo Loïc was phenomenal in his moves, but Bryan Soga and Jacques Zoua Daogari lacked the cutting edge the lions needed.

A post for post substitution from coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile, bringing on AS Futuro’s Yannick N’Djeng to replace Bryan Soga, was quickly countered by Logarišić Zdravko, who brought in Chirinda Obriel, to replace Taderera Wellington Williams.

The unexpected and deciding moment of the game came at the 71st minute, when cotonsport’s defender Banga Bindjeme acrobatically turned in Serge Andoulou’s cross.

There was more time for the lions to increase tally, but Goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda again denied Thierry Tchuente from close range.

Martin Ndtoungou Mpile and his boys have therefore ended their run of five games with a win, doing in grand style, in front of the home crowd.

The lions will next play Mali on Wednesday, while the warriors of Zimbabwe will entertain the local Stallions of Burkina Faso.

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Afeseh Apong

Afeseh Apong is a graduate of the Advanced School of Mass Communication, ASMAC, and is currently Team press officer of PWD Bamenda

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