Friday Jan 14, 2022. 16:00
Cameroon coach Antonio Conceicao admits he had to bring his players back into step during halftime for them to rally and to thump Ethiopia 4-1 in the second half on Thursday.
“We had some problems at the start of the game. The team did not understand the game plan from the onset and the opponent actually took advantage to score but we reacted well, played offensively and came back into the game,” Conceicao said at the post-match briefing.
“At halftime, I reminded the players that we had a game plan and it was very important for them to respect this game plan.”
Cameroon roared back to life when they returned from the dressing room when Vincent Aboubakar struck a brace before the hour in the 53rd and 55th minutes while Ekambi joined him in the act in the 68th minute.
“After that, we actually improved on positioning, game plan and ball possession. I think we reacted well, especially in the second half. We are conscious that we have to be more focused and rigorous in our game,” Conceicao said.
The win sees the hosts Cameroon appropriately become the first team through to the last 16 on 6 points from two games with a match to spare.