Star Player VINCENT ABOUBAKAR
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.
Coach HUGO BROOS
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.