CHAN: Cameroun coach delighted after win over Congo

Cameroun tactician, Alioum Saidou, is happy with his side’s 1-0 win over Congo in their first Group E match at the TotalEnergies CHAN 2022 in Oran, Algeria.

The former international player now turned coach is in cloud nine with his first victory at a major competition – one that he will re­member for a long time consider­ing that it was in a Central African derby that carries a lot of weight back home for the fans who detest losing to their neighbours.

“I am very happy because it was very complicated game especially in this competition. I had to mo­tivate the players to win the game. We did it and we are very happy to win this game,” Saidou said in the post-match press conference.

“We knew that this game was not going to be easy because it is a derby, but we are satisfied with the players who did an incredible job today. We were able to implement our strategy and apply what we

 have been working on for many months now and that is what is important to us as a team.”

The last time the two sides met at the CHAN was in 2018 in Morocco with the Red Devils edging Cameroon 1-0 thanks to a goal by Junior Makiesse, so tonight’s victory was in more ways than one revenge for the defeat four years back.

Cameroon made 10 shots at goal but just three were on target – something that worried Saidou afterwards despite insisting that at the end of the day all that mattered was the win.

His front lineup could have contributed up to four goals thanks to the continuous attacking efforts of eventual man-of-the-match, Jerome Ngom, but they were wasteful.

Cameroon’s next and last Group E fixture is against Ni­ger on January 24 at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran at

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