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Cameroon encounter: we started the game perfectly, says Coach Sang Ndong

Sep 14, 2016, 10:41 AM | Article By: Lamin Darboe

Gambia National team head coach Sang Ndong has said his side made a perfect start to their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers away to Cameroon, but lost concentration after conceding a controversial penalty before break.

Coach Ndong was speaking to the media shortly after his side’s 2-0 defeat to the Indomitable Lions in the continent’s biggest football fiesta on 3 September 2016 in Limbe.

The Scorpions coach stated that his side made an excellent start to the game and possessed the ball perfectly before Cameroon scored their first goal from the penalty spot.

He stated further that Cameroon’s first goal “really killed the spirit” of his team.

Coach Ndong revealed that 18 players were invited for the Cameroon clash twelve of whom were local-based and six foreign-based players. He however travelled with seventeen players.

The coach pointed out that striker Mustapha Carayol could not make the trip to Cameroon due to his transfer from Middleborough to Nottingham on the day of transfer deadline.

According to coach Ndong, left-back Alieu Jatta was sick and could not play the game. He was therefore left with sixteen players for the game against the Indomitable Lions.