Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos concedes luck played a part in the win over Senegal but also feels his side deserves to be in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.
The Indomitable Lions were underdogs going into their 2017 AFCON quarter-final clash with a star-studded Senegal side on Saturday evening.
But they displayed great character and team-work to force the tie to penalties after the game had ended goal-less after 120 minutes and went on to win the shoot-out 5-4.
Broos admits it was a tough game but praised the efforts of a Cameroon side which has excelled despite the absence of a handful of their most prominent European-based players.
“It is a great day for my team. Not many people gave us the chance to reach the semifinals,” Broos said.
“We played against a strong Senegal team. We fought very hard and resisted several attacks by the opponent.
“Luck was on our side too. I congratulate my very young team. They really deserve to be in the semis.
“Fourteen of my team are playing in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time and our ambition has always been to go far,” he added.
Cameroon will face Ghana in the semi-finals on February 2.