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Sports News of Thursday, 7 February 2008

Source: GNA

We were mentally tough - Pfister

Accra, Feb 7, GNA - Otto Pfister, head coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, has said his side won against Ghana because they were mentally tough and had a strong bench.

Speaking at after-match press briefing the Coach said his players were prepared to go the full length to pick a place in the finals and demonstrated it throughout the game, hence the outcome.

Cameroon defeated Ghana by a lone goal at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra in the first semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday. Coach Pfister said his team had a strong bench with players, who were equally good as those on the pitch and this aided the performance of the team in the competition.

"In a tournament like this, you need very good players, who would be up to the task at any moment, that is why I have an all round team." He further revealed that the camping programme of the team in Burkina Faso, which had the same climatic condition as Ghana played a role in the success of the team.

Coach Pfister said the team had achieved its major target of reaching the finals and would now work towards winning the Cup on Sunday.

"The final is now the most important task ahead of us and we are going to do our best to annex the trophy for the fifth time." Coach Pfister said.

The German, one of the longest serving foreign coaches on the Continent dedicated the victory to the President and people of Cameroon.