CAMEROON SET TO BE MORE CAUTIOUS
Cameroon are in the same group – Group A – with Gabon just in time for the upcoming AFCON 2017 scheduled to hold from around January 14 – February 5.
Cameroon, who has won the AFCON competitions four times, will have to battle Gabon, Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau to advance to the quarterfinals of the competition. They are hoping to win their first continental title since 2002.
The first game for the Indomitable Lions will begin on the 14th of January with them having to face Burkina Faso, a game that would be the second of the day to be played at Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville by 8pm local time.
Head Coach of the Cameroon team, Hugo Broos has therefore sounded a note of caution in the event of the draws so far.
“We have Gabon in our group and the host is always dangerous. Playing with less prestigious teams can be tricky. So we need to be really careful to make it to the second round,” said Broos.
On January 18, Cameroon will face Guinea Bissau at the same venue and at the same time. However, their last game would be with the competition hosts, Gabon at the same stadium, 8pm.
In the same vein, Joseph-Antoine Bell, a two-time AFCON winner has expressed his pleasure at the calibre of teams in the same group as Cameroon. He tagged the group an “easier group” when compared to other participating nations.
“Cameroon has a good draw and should logically qualify. Hardly have we ever got a group like this at AFCON,” he boasted.
Cameroon lifted their first AFCON title in 1984, defeating Nigeria in the finals of the competition at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. They won that game 3-1.