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In a post-match interview, Cameroon coach Christophe Ousmanou said: “it was a difficult game, I told my boys it will be tough playing against a team that has been together since the U17 level”.
"The state government has released relief materials for the affected persons and we have also asked for intervention from the national emergency management agency." Flooding is common in many parts of Nigeria during the rainy season which runs from May to September.
The Malians looked a better side on paper with a better possession rate compared to the host, whose stature and moral hardly marched that of their guests all through the game.
Moise Sakava Sangola gave Cameroon the lead on the hour mark from a corner kick.
“We would have loved to win today, just like we will go to Bamako with our usual steel edged moral to carry the day,” Ousmanou concluded.
On his part, Mali coach Mamoutou Kane said he expects his charge to finish the job in Bamako next week.