Cameroon youth team coach Martin Mpile has said his ultimate target is to guide his team to a place in the World Cup finals, after they kicked off their African Youth Championship campaign with a 1-0 victory over Gamba in their Group B opener.
“I am very happy to have won my first game of the tournament. To us, it was very important. My boys fought very hard before a very tough Gambian team. They gave their all and the result today is very comforting. We can now concentrate on winning our next game,” Mpile was quoted as saying on the African Federation's official website.
Mpile revealed that the team’s aim is to win another game in order to secure a place in the semi-final of the African tournament and to qualify for the U-20 FIFA World Cup, which will take place in Colombia next July.
The first two teams of each group will qualify for the international tournament.
“To seek for a qualification for the World Cup, first we have to qualify for the semi-finals and it is important that we win our coming games to secure a place,” Mpile said.
Cameroon will meet Nigeria next Thursday in their second Group B game.
The Super Eagles opened their campaign in convincing fashion, claiming a 2-1 win over titleholders Ghana last Monday.
“This is a competition; why qualify if you are afraid of playing a certain team? We are not afraid of Nigeria; rather, they should fear us. We are here to play and win and Nigeria should not be of any concern to us,” Cameroon’s coach concluded.