31, August 2016
The coach of the Indomitable Lions, Hugo Broos has said there are no big guns in the squad meaning there are no players who should be called up every time. He made the declaration in a press conference at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo where the Lions are currently training in view of the upcoming encounters against The Gambia and Gabon on September 3rd and 6th respectively. “I am counting on a nucleus of 30 players to grow together,” he said asserting that performance is the only criteria for selection.
He said he is trying to inject fresh blood into the squad due to the fact that most of the players of the national team are above thirty years. “For the 2017 AFCON there is no problem but for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, some of the players will be too old and might not even still be with us, hence the need to rejuvenate the squad”, he added. He said the matches against the Gambia and Gabon will enable him to determine the real mettle of the players especially the local ones as the poor pitches on which they play do not enable to show the full measure of their talents.
Commenting on the absences in the squad, the coach said Choupo Moting sustained an injury and will not be available for the two games while Clinton Njie was still suffering from indecision owing to his transfer saga. Allan Nyom also declared his forfeiture pending clarifications as to what club he would play for. Tony Tchani had a problem with the passport but will be coming today.
Also present at the press conference were Benjamin Moukandjo and the newcomer, Ndip Tambe. Moukandjo said he was happy defending the national colours after a long absence due to injury. Meanwhile Tambe said is coming to the national selection was a like a dream come true and that he was going to work harder so as to cement his place in the team. The press conference was preceded by a training session during which the Lions worked essentially on the offensive tactics.