AFCON 2021: Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon Post-Match Tactical Analysis as the host nation shared spoils to qualify for the knockout stages of the AFCON
The final group stage match of the AFCON 2021 hosted by Cameroon saw the host nation share spoils vs Cape Verde in a 1-1 encounter as captain Vincent Aboubakar continuous his goal hunting adventure.
We at BraggsSports have re-watched the match over and over again and here we lay down our tactical assessment of the game with emphasis on the Cameroon indomitable lion playing tactics.
Why Cameroon suffered vs Cape Verde (Why Cameroon has suffered so far this AFCON 2021)
Instinct is overlooked by most. That ‘instant’ where some players hesitate or process information before their action, is only an instant but still significant. You can see, if you have watched enough football, that some players are just infinitesimally quicker than others.
It can even take decision making out of the equation at some particular moments and or actions. And, in “quicker” I mean quicker in cognitive processing. Some in football, call it “feeling” of/for the ball. But what it is, is actually something totally regarding our brains.
Which are all cognitive. Then, there remains only the last step; Execution.
The Pierre Kunde – Nicolas Ngamaleu – Collins Fai Right Field Partnership Situation
Cameroon do struggle in relation to holding the width on the right in settled play. Sometimes the interchangeability of positions can result in too many players being central, particularly when Collins Fai and Ngamaleu prefer the half space. They’re overly reliant of Pierre Kunde from RCM to provide that width.
Player Analysis: Nicolas Ngamaleu
Player Analysis: Michael Ngadeu
Player Analysis: Pierre Kunde
Player Analysis: Nouhou Tolo
First Afcon call up and Tolo is balling. Whether playing as wing back in Conceicao’s 4 man backline or LCB in Conceicao’s 3 man backline, Tolo has proven to be consistent defensive. The Tactics set by Conceicao suits him so well.
However, Tolo lacks confidence and very poor going forward while playing in the the back 4. Against Cape Verde yesterday as well as against Ethiopia, he lost so many chances in transitional play and numerical advantages. This is where Oyongo Bitolo used to strive.
The guy we know at Ajax is not the same in Cameroon Indomitable Lions team. Andre Onana lacks command in the air in his own box. We saw this twice which almost cost us, and one of such mistakes lead to Burkina Faso’s opener vs Cameroon. The situation was felt yesterday vs Cape Verde which if not for a defenders presence would have been another goal.
In an interview after the 4-1 win against Ethiopia on Afcon 2021 matchday 2, the Ajax shot stopper said; “Its been 7 years since i have been playing at a high level with the same style but it is only in Cameroon that i have been made to understand that i am not serious with my game because i have always been like this”
There is no denying to the fact that Onana is a top class goalkeeper, there is no denying to the fact that Cameroon has defensive issues, but Onana has been poor while defending his Motherland. If you watch the Cape Verdian goal yesterday so closely and in slow motion, you may realize that Onana still would not have saved the ball even if Fai collins didn’t block his way, why because his leg had already partially slide.
Let him accept criticism and improve his game, SIMPLE.
Game-state is problematic for Cameroon when considering that we don’t press high with regularity. As such, we have got to be efficient with the ball when we get it. Which both Midfielders (Kunde/Zambo) couldn’t do in the most part of the game. Kunde had 34 touches in 64 mins (low). With Zambo having 76 in 90 mins (average).
They cannot afford any silly giveaways in the knock out stages because most opponents will keep the ball due to the lack of pressure from us. That’s all Cameroon have to do to win from now on – don’t give the ball away stupidly in the build-up and they can force opponents back and create down the sides because top teams in Afcon always defend very narrowly.
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