Cameroon Coach Antonio Conceicao

AFCON 2021: “Ethiopia May Seem Weak, But We Have To Be Vigilant” – Conceição

By Etienne Mainimo

Cameroon head coach, Antonio Conceição says as the team prepares to take Ethiopia in the second Group A match of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, the indomitable lions need to be vigilant.

Speaking during pre-match press conference at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde on January 12, coach Conceição said, even though Ethiopia is less strong football nations, they can still create surprises looking at how they played their first match.

“Our objective is to win and to win we must have ball possession and to control the ball. we need to score. we need to come up with an offensive game and try to win,” he said.

He added, “it will not good for us to play a draw. Ethiopia can be a less stronger team but can cause a lot of surprises and we need to be vigilant.”

Conceicao stressed, “We are preparing the match against Ethiopia with the same trust like the first match. It is important to win the second match. We have to put another strategy and our objective is a win. we have continued with our training and all our players are ready to play the second.”

The coach who had not explain his choice of captain today explained he choose Aboubakar Vincent because he is a good player in ant out of the field of play and respected by his mates.

Samuel Oum Gouet

Samuel Oum Gouet who accompanied the coach said preparations are high and they are looking for ward to beat Ethiopia. “Every match is different and unique reason why we are looking forward to our next game with home”.

Cameroon will take on Ethiopia on Thursday January 13 in the second Group game while Cape Verde will confront Burkina Faso in another group game.


AFCON 2021: We Are Preparing To Give Our Best Shot – Cape Verde Coach

By Etienne Mainimo

Less than 24 hours to the start of the Cameroon 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON,  the assistant coach of Cape Verde, Humberto Bettencourt says they are preparing to give their best shot when they take on Ethiopia in their first game. 

Humberto Bettencourt was speaking hours to their first match programed for January 9 at the Olembe stadium in Yaounde. 

“We are preparing to give our best shot tomorrow. We trust all our players and those selected will help to implement what we have put in place,” the coach said.

“We will do everything to look good and win this game. It is true that we are in the same group with hosts Cameroon, one of the great teams on the continent, but we are concentrating on our first opponent before thinking about the other matches,” he added.

To him, “We have all necessary information concerning our opponent and it has help prepares well. What is important is that we have nothing but our skills and objective. We are ready for the match.” 

According Cape Verde’s Defender, Dos Santos Tavares aka “Stopira”, “We are here in Cameroon to play good football, to have fun and to do our best to go as far as possible in the competition. We respect all our opponents the same way. We take our games one by one to achieve our goals.”

Cape Verde takes on Ethiopia in the second match of the 2021 AFCON. The 33rd edition taking place in Cameroon will see 24 nations participating. Cameroon host country will take on Burkina Faso in the first game. The victor will replace Algeria, host of the 2019 edition.