July 5, 2022

AFCON 2021: Cameroon strikes balance between attack and defense – Conceicao

By Brian Aheebwa
Cameroon assemble to sing the national anthem before a game at 2021 Africa Cup of Nations | CAF Image

Cameroon’s 2-0 win over Gambia in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals, suggests Toni Conceicao finally finds the right balance between attack and defense.

Lyon’s Karl Toko-Ekambi netted a brace as the hosts ended the debutants’ fairytale at the Japoma Stadium on Saturday.

Ekambi took his tally to five goals, just one adrift of leading goal scorer and teammate Vincent Aboubakar who is on six.

It was also the first time that the Indomitable Lions were not conceding a goal, having let in one in all their previous four games something that left head coach Conceicao a proud man.

“It was our match where the attack-defense balance was the most respected,” the Portuguese said after the game.

“I’m satisfied with my players who respected the instructions to go and win the match despite the missed opportunities in the first period.”

“I’m very happy with our production against a great team from Gambia. In truth, she did not change her strategy, she beat her success in this way and tonight we insisted on our game,” he added.

As the hunt for their fifth AFCON trophy, the first since 2017 continues, Cameroon awaits the winner between Egypt and Morocco on Sunday for a semifinal bout on Thursday.

“Regarding the semifinals, what worries me the most is to see my players recover, it was a physically demanding match.”

“We will rest and analyze our next opponent and put the strategy in place. I’m really happy with my players,” Conceicao noted.

Cameroon are participating in their 19th AFCON tournament and they’ve reached the semifinals 10 times now that’s 2021, 2017, 2008, 2002, 2000, 1992, 1988, 1986, 1984 and 1972.

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