In the wake of Cameroon’s 2-1 victory over Algeria, coach Rigobert Song has thanked his players for their hard work. They will now play in the World Cup finals in Qatar.
First, they lost the first game 1-0 at Douala Stadium. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored in the 22nd minute to give them a win.
That goal came from Ahmed Touba in the 118th minute of extra time for Algeria. In the last few minutes, Cameroon broke Algeria’s hearts when Karl Toko Ekambi scored a near-post goal for a 2-2 draw on aggregate. There were no away goals, so Cameroon qualified on this rule.
Song, who was in charge of the team for the second time, thinks they beat a very defensive Algerian team.
Song said after the game: “I want to congratulate both teams for this game and my players who showed that they were indestructible.”
When we played our first game, we were put in trouble by a defensive team that stopped the players from playing offensively. We knew how to work against that with a two-forward system on Tuesday.
Ekambi, who plays for Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais and scored the winner, thinks Cameroon should have been able to go to the World Cup.
“These kind of games between two teams are all about the small things,” Ekambi said, as quoted by the same site. “Algeria didn’t work very well, so we took advantage of this set piece to win the game.”
“I want to say thank you to Algeria for making me feel at home.” I think that high-level players have to be able to adapt to changes in their coaches by taking into account his advice and how he thinks about the game.