By Charles Embola and Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde – Cameroon
Cameroon coach at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN), Ndtoungou Mpile says his side’s semi-final clash with the defending Champions Morocco is a make-or-break match.
Speaking during the pre-match press conference at the Stade Omnisports, Limbe on Tuesday, Mpile alongside goalkeeper, Hashou Kerido suggested that Cameroon has no second chance as far as their chase for their first appearance at the CHAN final is concerned.
“We are serene,” Mpile said adding; “If we got here it is because we showed a couple of things, so it’s up to us to go to the finals. It’s a make-or-break without a second chance.”
“It’s a new game, and what we wish to implement isn’t what we will unveil here. We are here to win and get to the finals by making life uncomfortable for our adversaries,” he added.
“We think everyone has a strength to bring to the table, we played against good sides like Mali and DR Congo but I think it will be a good game and we are determined to go through.”
“I have the impression that there’s a responsible press and the none responsible press, but I can’t speak about the methodologies.”
On Morocco refusing to camp in Limbe, Mpile said: “CAF should take its responsibility, we care less if they Camp in Bamenda or Garoua.”
“Our interest is to respect the rules CAF set and we simply need to remain focused on winning tomorrow.”
Mpile who has seen his side win two of their four games so far rallied on the Cameroon fans to come out in full volume despite only 5000 fans allowed into the 20000 Limbe Stadium.
“I expect the Limbe population to come out and support the team, let them join us to make history and qualify for the finals.”
“Yaoundé and Douala people did their best so if the natives in Limbe come out, we are sure to win and go through,” Mpile stressed.
On the other hand, Cameroon’s first-choice goalkeeper Kerido lauded the fatherly role of Mpile ahead of their semi-final against Morocco.
“He is, first of all, a father figure, and proves to be rigorous and demanding based on his tactics and we are comfortable with his approach in making us better. We owe him the qualification,” Kerido said.
Cameroon will be making their first appearance in the CHAN demi-finals and will also face Morocco for the very first time in the history of the competition.
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