Cameroon coach Saidou Alioum has disclosed that his side is welcoming the pressure that they face ahead of their last Group E match against Niger at the TotalEnergies CHAN 2022 in Algeria.

Alioum told the media on Monday at a pre-match press conference in Oran that this is great motivation for his team ahead of this big fixture that will determine their fate.

“It is true that Cameroon is a great football nation. We like pressure. We want pressure. The players are ready since the start of the competition. We are in a group that it is complicated, but I am very happy that they are motivated. We shall give everything to win this game,” Alioum explained in detail.

“We are preparing for the game tomorrow. This is a final for us. We are in a group that no one wants to be in. Niger is a very good team. We tried to work for the whole week. We are ready to start this game. We are impatient for the kick-off.”

Cameroon edged archrivals Congo 1-0 in their opening match and sit on top of Group E with three points but must win their game against Niger to stand a chance to progress to the last eight of the continental tournament.

“It is important that everyone understands that this game is very important. It is dangerous to calculate that we already have three points so things look good for us. We must go and give everything and look for the victory. We are not yet qualified.”

“We have not played in eight days. This has advantages but also inconveniences, however, we are competitors. Playing for a draw is not good enough. We shall go for the victory. This is our identity. We want to progress in the tournament.”

Source: CAF


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