Coach Henryk Kasperczak expressed his satisfaction with his team’s performance despite their failure to maintain Mali’s lead in their 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations draw with Cameroon on Tuesday. “We have to underline the fact that it was a very complete performance, with intensity and a good rhythm. We played quality football against a Cameroon team whose own qualities we are well aware of,” he told journalists after their Group match against Cameroon in Malabo.
“Physically we kept going right to the end and there were some good combinations going forward. OK there was a positional error at the back for the goal but I think it is always difficult at the start of a competition like this.”
Mustapha Yatabare, the brother of goalscorer Sambou, added: “I think overall we played really well, with the necessary aggression. We wanted to come away with the win, but I am satisfied.”
Meanwhile, Cameroon Coach Volker Finke insisted that his side deserved to come away with at least a point after fielding more forwards towards the end.
“I think the way we played in the second half was that of a team trying to win a match. We played with five all-out attacking players,” said the German.
“You have to respect the fact we only drew, but the second-half performance was not bad at all.”
Sambou Yatabare’s goal gave Mali the lead in the second-half just for Ambroise Oyongo to secure a draw for Cameroon in a late strike.
By: Jammeh E.K. Bojang