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Football: Song vows improvement after Guinea draw at Africa Cup of Nations

Football: Song vows improvement after Guinea draw at Africa Cup of Nations

Paru le mercredi, 17 janvier 2024 15:10

Cameroon coach Rigobert Song (photo) promised to address flaws exposed in their 1-1 draw with Guinea at the Africa Cup of Nations, insisting his team will be ready for their crucial clash with Senegal.

"We've reviewed the match," Song said in a post-match conference. "There were positives and negatives. We'll rectify the mistakes, refine our approach, and make it clear to the players what's required. In the coming days, we'll work with the coaching staff to address the issues we encountered."

Cameroon, despite a numerical advantage after Guinea's Sekou Keita saw red before halftime, faltered in their Group C opener. An Olivier Kemen blunder gifted Guinea the lead, with Cameroon only equalizing through Frank Magri's header just before the hour mark.

The result left pundits underwhelmed, with Cameroonian fans expecting a dominant display against an opponent labelled "modest."

"Given the scenario with the red card, Cameroon had the obligation to win," remarked sports analyst Martin Camus Mimb. "We still salvaged a point, but draws can lead to victory, as happened in 2000 and 2017."

Mimb criticised Song's tactics, the team's intensity, and lack of attacking creativity, factors he believes cost Cameroon victory.

"Winning against Guinea was crucial for reaching the second round," Mimb continued. "Now, facing a Senegal team aiming to secure their place early, it's going to be very difficult. However, if Cameroon performs like they did against Zambia (a 1-1 friendly draw), they can push Senegal hard."

Cameroon faces a vastly different challenge against the reigning champions, who thrashed Gambia 3-0 to lead the so-called "Group of Death." Senegal heads the group with three points, followed by Cameroon and Guinea (both on one point), with Gambia yet to open their account.

Patricia Ngo Ngouem

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