With barely 6 days to the start of the biggest football competition in the continent, the indomitable lions of Cameroon once the power house of African football will be taking part in the competition in neighboring Gabon. The team which has been a shadow of itself during hay days goes to the competition as underdogs, marred with internal crisis with some players turning down the coaches call to play for country .News about preparations of the tournament has been timid as the country is embroiled in political; troubles in the English speaking regions of Cameroon. The teams itself has not been short of controversies as 7 players rejected the call of coach Hugo Broos to represents their country in the biennial football jamboree, putting their career first ahead of the country in stark contrast to the FIFA rule, generating an avalanche of criticism from the Belgian
Despite the ups and downs, the Belgian born head coach Hugo Broos and his men have been in their dugout at Malabo, Equatorial Guinea where they have been preparing for the tournament which many will still expect them to shine at least at home despite their youthfulness and inexperience team. Truth be told, not many out of Cameroon will expect the country to bring home the coveted trophy as Algeria and Senegal goes to the tournament as red hot favorites and for the first time in decades, the indomitable lions will be taking part in the tournament as one of the surprise packages of the competition than their usual favorites role
Analysis: By Tebo Lucas
But the indomitable lions of cameroon goes into the tournament with nothing to lose, they know many at home and around the world do not expect anything from them and certainly have no pressure which might serve as an advantage to them. Secondly, the cream of young ad talented players in the squad will be eager to cement their places in the team and bring home the trophy which has alluded the country for more than 15 years now and they know an impressive performance at the AFCON will certainly make their place all but secured and lastly, the boys of Hugo Broos will enjoy massive support from thousands of cameroonians who live in neighbouring host country, Gabon, they will have the 12th man with them as they will relish their stay as if they were at home, given them an advantage against their rivals and certainly can propel the team towards producing a surprise at the event
Their 2:0 vicory over the Congo DRC during a friendly two days ago in Yaounde was quite impressive but many say the team still has plenty to improve and certainly they have had the time to do all the improvements and will be eager to show their coach tomorrow when they host Zambabwe at the Yaoundé Omisport stadium in their second friendly game before the competition kicks off on the 14th of January in Gabon.
Cameroon is drawn in Group A alongside hosts Gabon, Guinea Bissau and Burkina Faso