CAF TSG member Malouche analyses Group A
Malouche Belhassen, a member of the CAF Technical Study Group (TSG) has applauded the high level of technical and tactical abilities exhibited by teams in Group A at the group phase of the 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations.
The group based in Bata, was made up of co-hosts Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Senegal and Zambia.
The Chipolopolos of Zambia topped the group with seven points, Equatorial Guinea on six points, Libya on four points and Senegal in that order pointless.
On Zambia, he pointed out that they were at their best with the 4-4-2 formation, backed by their swift counter attacks.
“Zambia varied their game with the counter-attack and there is always a fast transition from defence to attack and vice versa.”
He singled out players such as captain Christopher Katongo, Rainford Kalaba, Isaac Chansa and Emmanuel Mayuka as the pillars of the team.
Regarding co-hosts Equatorial Guinea, who were the first team to qualify for the knockout stage, he cited the 4-2-3-1 as their playing format. Besides their use of the flanks, their ability to shoot from far served their bedrock. At the back, he described them as a compact unit with players such as Iban Iyanga, Edjogo Owono Montalvan, Javier Balboa and David Alvarez earning his marks on his cards.
For Libya, he cited the strength in midfield built around Djamal Mohammed, who is equally good on the defence.
On the Teranga Lions of Senegal, he was shocked by their failure to earn a point at the campaign despite being high rated. He lauded their attacking play and rued their inability to score despite several attacks.
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