Sporting activities Information of Sunday, 17 January 2021
Hosts Cameroon obtained off to a excellent get started at the African Nations Championship on Saturday when defeating Zimbabwe 1- in the opening match of the match.
A next-50 % target by Salomon Banga was all the Indomitable Lions necessary to see off the stubborn southern Africans at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.
But the Warriors had been aided by the profligacy of the dwelling facet who had the Cotonsport Garaou defender to thank right after he scored with an acrobatic kick on 72 minutes in the Team A match.
The Indomitable Lions could have gained the match by a wider margin but goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda was warn to deny Jacques Zoua at the midway stage of the very first-50 percent when Thierry Tchuente and Serge Andoulo also missed first rate scoring alternatives.
The victory presents the residence facet the probability to settle properly in the competitiveness and right some of the glitches in their attack just after they fluffed many scoring possibilities in the initially half.
Cameroon dominated the early exchanges but goalkeeper Sibanda was notify to thwart all the initiatives of the home aspect, led by the seasoned Zoua.
And when Tchuente outwitted his marker on 23 minutes to established up Zoua with a one particular-on-one particular opportunity with Sibanda, the goalkeeper stretched at total length to deny the former German Bundesliga player who beforehand played for Hamburg and Kaiserslautern.
Cameroon’s Alfred Meyong and Zoua ongoing to trouble the Zimbabwe defenders but have been not sharp more than enough at purpose to continue to keep the scores even.
Zimbabwe had a exceptional opportunity just prior to the split but Shadreck Nyahwa shot broad a great deal to the reduction of the supporters of the house side.
The two teams returned right after the split decided to rating and it was the hosts who continued to overlook likelihood with Tchuente and Serge Andoulo the main culprits.
The home lovers ongoing to cheer the Lions right up until Banga gave them the direct. When goalkeeper Sibanda and Zimbabwe failed to very clear in the box, the Cotonsport defender acrobatically hit the ball with his again experiencing the internet to deliver the enthusiasts into raptures.
Tchuente ought to have built it 2- for Cameroon with just six minutes remaining but he shot feebly into the ready fingers of Sibanda to leave the dwelling aspect with a slender win.
The acquire marked a best commence for the hosts who failed to gain a recreation in their 3 games throughout the pre-CHAN tournament held more than a week back in Yaounde.
Zimbabwe also ongoing with their lousy operate of failing to acquire their opening matches in all their appearances at the CHAN levels of competition, designed only for property-dependent players.
What they claimed
Martin Mpile (Cameroon mentor):
Initially, I would like to thank the Zimbabwe group for obtaining a fantastic game.
I am satisfied with the three details obtained through this very first day because this is crucial for the begin of each individual match. We will review Mali, our future opponent.
Zdravko Logarusic (Zimbabwe Coach “:
Cameroon and their mentor are to be congratulated for the match attained tonight at the start off of the level of competition. We performed in opposition to a fantastic crew which will definitely have a say in this CHAN.
This is not the finish of the entire world. We will participate in two far more online games and we have every opportunity of securing a location in the quarterfinals. It can be up to us to review our faults and suitable them in advance of our next assembly versus Burkina Faso.