By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo
Cameroon has failed to live up to a promising start at the ongoing U-17 African Cup of Nations, AFCON, which began last May 14 in Gabon.
During the Lions opening match, two-time Champions, Ghana thrashed Cameroon 4-0 at Port Gentil. Ghana opened scoring at the 25th minutes through team captain, Eric Ayiah thanks to Emmanuel Toku who breached the Lions defense with ease.
The Black Starlets secured the second goal at the 32nd minutes and two minutes later, Sule with remarkable calmness lobbed the ball over on-rushing goalkeeper Boris Junior Essele. In the second period of the game, Ayiah sealed Ghana’s victory with a stunning angular shot at the 64th minute.
At the post-match press conference, Cameroon coach, Bertin Ebwelle congratulated their opponents stating that losing the match is not the end of the competition.
“Congratulations to the Ghana’s coach Samuel for a good job well done but we can still fight our way in this group. It was the first real test for the boys and they became so frustrated when we couldn’t score despite controlling the game in the early minutes. The boys didn’t mix-up the tactics and I just believe that they were just inexperienced but losing this match is not the end of the competition for us. These boys still have much to learn and we would cope well,” Bertin Ebwelle stated.
Meanwhile, Samuel Fabian, coach of Ghana attributed their victory to the unity of football family.
“We are one united football family despite the fact that we had won today. Cameroon started well but the turning point was the first goal we scored which gave our boys the confidence and they never looked back but it was when we scored the fourth goal that I knew that the match was won and lost. We want to focus on the next match and hopefully with a win, we can talk about qualification for the World Cup,” Samuel Fabian admitted.
Earlier during the day, Guinea booted hosts Gabon 5-1 in the tournament’s opener. Cameroon takes on Guinea on Wednesday May 17 while Gabon will lock horns with host nation, Gabon.