Cameroon national team manager António Conceição hailed his players following their semi-final defeat to Egypt on Thursday night.
The game between the two titans was a close one, with both teams failing to find the opponents’ nets in the entirety of the 120 minutes.
After the goalless draw, Egypt came out on top through a penalty shoot-out, knocking out the hosts and preventing them from getting their sixth star.
“We won’t be a side playing the final. Like 27 million Cameroonians, we are sad, but this is football,”Conceição told a press conference after the game.
“The game was close, but the players were exhausted in the second half.
“At the first half, however, we played well and we were close to scoring on more than one occasion.
“We practiced for penalty kicks, but in the end, everybody could miss. The players are only human after all.”