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Engache’s Blog : Victories = Victories

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I have read comments on the articles related to the last two matches of the indomitable lions against Vietnam and Thailand. People were complaining about the quality of the opposition and the performance of our team. Below are some fixtures of the past week, there are all friendlies and the latest FIFA rank of each team is in brackets.

Le 1er avril 2015
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Colombia (3rd) 3 – 1 Kuwait (120th)
Oman (391st) 1 – 4 Algeria (15th )
El Salvador (82nd) 0 – 2 Argentina (2nd)
Indonesia (156th) 0 – 1 Cameroon (40th)
Thailand (165th) 2 – 3 Cameroon (40th)

Looking at these fixtures, you could asked yourself why should Lionel Messi, 4 times Ballon d’or winner should warmed the bench in El Savador in a friendly. Any good football coach knows how it is difficult to motivate a team against a much weaker (on paper) opponent. These games are not only for the sake of money but to force the team to produce some good football even though there is nothing to win and the opposition is not a football powerhouse.

I saw Radamel Falcao celebrating after he scored a penalty against Kuwait, like it was a Copa America game. For a team to gel, players have to spend time together, play together and win/loose together. Also playing a weaker opponent makes the team work on breaking down thigh and resolute defences. In big games like France - Brasil, there is too much hype and adrenalin for a trainer’s likes. The players are too distracted and tense to play according to the gaffer’s game plan.

However, it won’t hurt to see our lions to play more african teams during these FIFA dates. Cameroon plays non african teams less then 5% of all their official matches, so we should focus on getting our players ready for the opponents they are more likely to play in official encounters. So fixtures like these are very good examples, the ranking is irrelevant here.
Swaziland 1 – 3 South Africa
Gabon 4 – 3 Mali
Botswana 2 – 0 Lesotho
Egypt 2 – 0 Equatorial Guinea
Ivory Coast 2 – 0 Angola
Ivory Coast 1 – 1 Equatorial Guinea

Many will agree with me that Cameroon didn’t loose its ticket to the world cup 2006 when Wome missed the last minute spot kick against Egypt, but when we draw’ed against Soudan earlier. Cameroon is now a team in construction, and we should start on the right foot and give the opportunity to our players to play as much african teams as we can. I know economically it is not a sweet deal, but building a competitive team and future success should drive our choice of opponents. Moreover, almost all our players play abroad and are not familiar to the kind of football played on the continent. There is no point in playing 2 -2 against Germany and months later being unable to beat SierraLeone or Guinea.

Nevertheless I am very happy to see Njie back in the starting lineup, to see a home based player score a (winner) goal for the senior team. I don’t remember the last time I watched the lions come from two goals behind to win a match against any opposition. Also, we are sure to not loose points in the FIFA rankings that is heavily used in draws for major competitions. Finally the best of the best, we were finally able to win again in yellow shirts. Damn ! I have been waiting for that for so long... That color gave us our first ANC.

Enganche


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  • Le 2 avril 2015 à 14:36, par Wahsih a Deng En réponse à : Engache’s Blog : Victories = Victories

    A well-intentioned and thoroughly-thought-through article indeed !

    But for a purist like myself to whom substance and style are natural bedfellows, Engache should have asked a nigh-native English speaker to proof read his article before publishing it. That would invariably have given the article more weight that it is worth at this juncture.

    Let me for argument sake highlight some sections of the article at issue that are intrinsically inaccurate in terms of syntax and grammar. They are just the tip of the iceberg ;

    THERE (They) are all friendlies and the latest FIFA rank of each team is in brackets.”

    “Looking at these fixtures, you could (HAVE) asked yourself why should Lionel Messi, 4 times Ballon d’or winner SHOULD warmed the bench in AGAINST El Salvador in a friendly. Any good football coach knows how it is difficult (DIFFICULT IT IS ) to motivate a team against a much weaker opponent (THAN ITSELF on paper). ”

    The criticism levelled at the blogger’s style does not in any way detract from its substance which is in the main good. It goes without saying that the author’s style does not cut the mustard – the more so for an audience whose standard of written English is at the Advanced level or above.

    In passing, I hope that no one would label my critique as SOUR GRAPES –given that I myself tend to making passing comments on this forum in Standard French.

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  • Le 1er avril 2015 à 16:58, par dony En réponse à : Engache’s Blog : Victories = Victories

    « we should start on the right foot and give the opportunity to our players to play as much african teams as we can »
    african teams like... Indonesia (or Vietnam as you said) and Thailand ?
    following your statement, it means we were’nt in African Cup of Nations for learnig like it was said, so that we have to go so far through the world and at the foot of fifa ranking to look for a team which can motivate our players to play. Ok, we saw them playing and now know that they need a referee helping to win that type of challengers.

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  • Le 1er avril 2015 à 08:37, par pat2lyon En réponse à : Engache’s Blog : Victories = Victories

    Mr ENGACHE, let me add SWEDEN (IBRAHIMOVIC) vs IRAN (Nuclear) : 2-1 ; PORTUGAL vs CAP VERT : 0-2.
    Anyway we had two victories in two games. SO, LET THEM TALK !

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