Following the 2-0 defeat to Chile in their opening game at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia on Sunday, the head coach of Cameroon, Hugo Broos says his young and ‘inexperienced’ side needs to ‘mature.’
The Indomitable Lions were brushed aside by the Copa America champions in the Group B match, by two goals that went in in the final twenty minutes of the game.
“I think we were a bit hesitant at the start, a bit afraid, because we knew we were playing against a very strong team,” Broos told reporters after the defeat.
“After about 20 minutes, we could have conceded three times. But after that we got much better and played very well in the second half.
Broos, who led the reigning Africa champions to the Afcon title earlier this year in Gabon, believes that the team will mature as a result of the defeat to ‘more experienced’ Chileans.
“The first scoring opportunity for Chile was the goal after 80 minutes so, obviously, we are disappointed as far as the result is concerned but we can be very proud of our performance,” he said.
“We have a young team and it needs to mature. We were also playing against a team ranked fourth in the world, 28 places above us, so there is a difference in quality and experience as well.
“I think we did fine. We lacked a bit of awareness on Chile’s goals but we will go step by step and improve gradually,” he added.
Cameroon will play against Australia in their next Group B match in Saint Petersburg this Thursday, as they seek points to keep them in the eight-team tournament that serves as a test run ahead of the Fifa World Cup finals next year.
The other Group B clash will take place on Monday, between Asian champions Australia and World Cup winners Germany.
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