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Cameroon coach: Cape Verde 'deserved' Nations Cup win

Coach Denis Lavagne gives reasons for his side's surprising Saturday loss to Cape Verde but voices confidence about team's ability to reach African Nations

Mohamad Mosselhi , Tuesday 11 Sep 2012
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Denis Lavagne Cameroon's coach (Photo: Reuters)
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Cameroon's French coach Denis Lavagne has admitted that the indomitable Lions had "deserved" their loss to Cap Verde in Saturday's Nations Cup qualifiers.

Cameroon conceded a surprising 2-0 defeat against minnow Cap Verde in the first leg of the final round of next year's African Cup of Nations qualifiers in Praia.

"We made a very bad start in the match; we did everything to encourage our opponents," Lavagne was quoted as saying by camfoot.com.

"Following our bad start, Cap Verde's confidence was bolstered and it was very difficult to return to the game, especially that they were very strong physically," he added.

Despite the frustrating defeat, Lavagne is confident concerning his side's capacity to reach next year's African Cup of Nations. He believes that the indomitable Lions can overcome their defeat in the second leg, slated for between 12 and 14 October in Yaoundé.

"It's true that we're in a difficult situation, but everything is possible," he said.

"Qualification is still possible, but we have to show more determination in the second leg," Lavagne added. "It will be complicated, but I'm confident."

The French coach hinted that he would make some changes to the team in advance of the upcoming clash.

"In the second leg, we'll try something else. Perhaps other players will take part in the team instead of those who failed to give satisfactory performances in the first leg," he concluded.  

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