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The Turkey-based striker will have to carry the In­domitable Lions’ at­tack af­ter Eric Choupo-Mot­ing re­tired from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball, join­ing seven play­ers who re­fused to be called up for this tour­na­ment. There is a void for a hero af­ter the chaos that marred the squad an­nounce­ment. Aboubakar can fill that void and be the hero Cameroon needs.


If the Bel­gian’s hair wasn’t com­pletely grey, it would have in­stantly done so be­cause of the trou­ble he en­dured in fi­nal­is­ing the 23-man squad af­ter eight key play­ers snubbed him in a job that he has held for less than a year. But his 29 years as a coach would have pre­pared him for this. This tour­na­ment will test Broos’ pedi­gree at this stage as the In­domitable Lions are the first na­tional team he has man­aged.

What’s their story?

The In­domitable Lions had a tor­rid time as­sem­bling the 23man squad that will do duty in Gabon. Eight play­ers snubbed the na­tional team, forc­ing the coach’s hands to not select them. The play­ers who made the cut will be driven to show that they aren’t just back-up but can do bet­ter than those who would have walked into the team.

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