A goal each from Steve Regis and Leonel Wamba were enough for Cameroon to take maximum points off Guinea in the Group B opening fixture of the Total Africa Cup of Nations U17, on Monday afternoon at Chamazi Stadium, few miles outside Dar es Salaam City.
Regis and Wamba scored in either half to hand “Les Lionceaux” a perfect start.
The match started on a high, with both goalies up to task in the opening minutes. The only thing missing was clear chances that could possibly have changed the momentum of the game.
Cameroon squandered two chances in the 22nd and 31st minute as efforts from Nassourou Ben Hamed and Wamba were flagged.
However, Guinea managed to create a clear chance in the 34th minute but Algassime Bah missed a sitter. Events turned against them when Regis netted the opener for Cameroon four minutes before the break.
Cameroon came back stronger in the second half and Wamba came closer to doubling the lead early on but his shot was too easy for Guinea goalie, Sekou Camara.
Wamba piled misery on Guinea after he doubled the lead for Cameroon in the 71st minute and seal victory for Lionceaux.
Total Man of the Match: Steve Regis (Cameroon)
Steve Regis – Forward, Cameroon
“I’m very happy for having a good game today. Guinea is a good side and we knew that it won’t be easy but we are happy that we managed to secure victory. We will keep this spirit and fight for all coming games.”
Thomas Libiih – Head Coach, Cameroon
“We knew from the beginning that Guinea is a good team so we prepared well, hence able to win. We knew what Guinea are capable, their weaknesses and strengths so we came well prepared to beat them. We need to push and do well for the other coming games. We will approach the coming games differently so that we can do well.”
Mohamed Camara – Head Coach, Guinea
“I can say that we were not lucky today. Cameroon is a good side but we lost many chances and that’s why I have said we were not lucky. It is part of the game, you create chances and you don’t get good results. We accept the loss and now we keep our mind focused on the next match.”