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CHAN 2018: “Things didn’t go as planned” – Rigobert Song

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  • After their second defeat against Angola last Saturday 1-0, Cameroon is eliminated from the 5th edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN). A premature exit while Cameroon ambition to beat his own record, that is to say, pass the stage of the quarter-finals.

An elimination that the Intermediate Lions live badly in Agadir, and especially the coach Rigobert Song who had set the bar very high for this expedition. “We have certainly lost and the disappointment is great. But contrary to what is said, I will not overwhelm my defenders. The players do not have much experience. For many, this is their first big competition. But over time, they will progress, “said the former captain of Indomitable Lions in the columns of Cameroon Tribune on Monday.

While critics shout at the former indomitable lions’ ability to manage the young Lions’ team when he had never coached a team before, Rigo says he’s had that kind of criticism before. “I started my career at age 17 and it has had some ups and downs“.

Despite the elimination, Rigobert Song promises to work hard to build a great team if he is now on the A’ Lions bench. “It’s true that my first continental competition as a coach did not go as planned, because I set the bar very high. I wanted to overtake this time the quarter-final stage. We will not give up, despite what has happened.

And to add: “It is not because we have lost that we will stop dreaming. The situation is certainly complicated, but I assume. I am a warrior. I will continue to work and if you continue to trust us, in the future we will be able to build a great team.

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