By Basil Afoni
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon considered as one of the favourites in Group D of the ongoing 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea, survived Malian scare after coming from behind to draw their opening match against Mali.
The encounter that saw the Lions dominating possession (56%) as against Mali’s 44% in the first half of the game, however, it was fruitless as the lions could not find the back of the net. This, was due to the slow pace the Lions approached the game.
It was only at the second segment of the game that the Lions applied some pace in their game which they have been well known for during the qualifiers.
“The manner we played this match, especially the second half, it was the manner to win the game,” Cameroon’s coach, Volker Finke, said.
A goal down at the 71st minute after Sambou Taabare had given The Eagles the lead, scoring from a free-kick, the lions right full-back, Ambroise Oyongo rescued a point for the lions at the 84th minute from a long pass from Raoul Loe in the 84th minute.
The Lions hope of sailing through into the next round seem to be slim as they will have to face The Syli Nationale of Guinea who had in the first encounter in Group D pulled a surprising 1-1 draw against the much rated Elephants of Ivory Coast. They will have to prevent the Guineans’ stand-in skipper Ibrahima Traore who was influential in their game against Ivory Coast from playing.
Also, they will have to beat the experienced Elephants of Ivory Coast in order to cement their place in the next round.
The second round of games in Group D will be played in Malabo on Saturday 24, with the Ivory Coast facing Mali before Cameroon face Guinea.