Cameroon head coach – Antonio Conceiçao has defended his decision of starting almost a new team in their third place game against Burkina Faso on Saturday.
The Cameroon coach made as many as eight changes in his starting line-up, drafting in new players while relegating deadly duo – Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko Ekambi to the bench.
Meanwhile, the tweak to team caused the Indomitable Lions grately as they went down 0-3 but the dynamics of the game changed when Aboubakar and Ekambi were brought on in the second stanza with Vincent Aboubakar scoring two goals to take the match to penalty shootout where Cameroon won 5-3.
Coach Conceiçao, however, defended the reason behind his decision in his post match interview:
“48 hours after playing extra time, I couldn’t take any risks with the players and that’s why I reshuffled my team.
“We saw several players play tonight and I’m satisfied with the performance of several players.
“We have a first objective which was to play the final but it was decided on details in the semi-final against Egypt.
“Today we demonstrated the strength of character of this group and we won on penalties.”