By Etienne Mainimo
The Intermediate Lions of Cameroon will on Thursday February 3 takes on the Atlas Lions of Morocco in the last semi-final of the ongoing 2020 African Nation Championship, CHAN in Cameroon.
Host Cameroon will face defending champions Morocco in what promises to be a tough hurdle match.
Given that, it is the first time Cameroon will appear in CHAN semi-final, they will also face Morocco for the first time in the competition.
Even though everybody had doubted Cameroon’s participation in the competition, their exploits in the tournament have surprise many. Having conceded just two goals so far, their confrontation against the favourites Morocco need to step up.
While Cameroon will be counting on the efforts of Salomon Charles Banga, Yannick N’Djeng and Felix Oukine Tcheoude to get the goals their scoring ability will have to improve in front of Morocco have so far scored nine goals as against Cameroon with four.
Moroccan’s hopes will be on their leading striker at the tournament Soufiane Rahimi with three goals together with Ayoub El Kaabi to take them to the second conservative finals. The pair will be crucial to their nation’s chances in midweek
Left as the only side in the tournament who did not top their group, the Indomitable Lions will surely be heading to the match with full confidence and belief that they can secure the trophy on home soil but will have a hard not to crack.
It is worth nothing that both sides will be facing each other with clean bill of health issues and coach Halilhodzic of Morocco and Mpile of Cameroon will want to select their best XI given what is at stake.
Nevertheless, Cameroon will be desperate to reach their first final on home soil while Morocco will want to maintain their fantastic form. Only the final whistle will tell.
Winners of Wednesday’s matches will clash in the final at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Sunday February 7. Losers will play in the third-place playoff at the Reunification Stadium in Douala on Saturday February 6.