Africa has emerged as a major source of talent, with players such as Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) and Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon) playing for some of Europe’s leading clubs. And while an African team has never advanced beyond the quarter-finals of a World Cup, the 2010 tournament could change that.
Samuel Eto’o also believes Cameroon could win the 2010 World Cup. He also believes that Japan is the most dangerous team in the group because “Nobody knows what they are really capable of.”
Cameroon’s national football team are bracing up for a gala and farewell game at the Amadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaoundé this Tuesday 8th June 2010. The 40 minutes match is intended to reassure fans of the buoyancy of the team less than three days to the kickoff of the World Cup finals.
The Indomitable Lions leave Cameroon to South Africa on Wednesday ahead of their first match on the 14th June 2010 against Japan. The team which is now composed of 24 players, ready to represent Cameroon in South Africa, are trying to convince Cameroonians of their readiness for the World Cup finals.
The lions just ended two weeks of intensive training and played four test matches. The results were less convincing; they won none, played draws games, and lost two. The team that is bound to meet other big names in world football has during the preparatory period scored five goals and conceded eight.
Before Paul Le Guen made public a preliminary list of 30 players, the squad had played a goalless draw game with World Cup defenders, Italy during the first friendly game. After the shortlist, the Indomitable Lions came held the world’s third strongest football nation Portugal to a one all draw.
Paul Le Guen later selected what was termed the favourite 23 plus 1. This selection played against Slovakia. During the game Cameroon’s team captain who had been absent for training following his European Champions league expedition picked a red card and the team suffered its first heavy defeat 3-1.
During the last game the lions seemed to have left from their errors by opening score for the first time in four matches. The enthusiasm was watered down and the lions drowned once again. The team that seems to have a good midfield compartment with skilful attackers seems to be suffering from a limping defence.
With a team of young and talent players who are supported by some experienced Lions, fans are hopeful that with adequate mobilisation, the players would incarnate the fighting lions’ spirit.
Aloys Evina and Elvis Teke