Daunt­ing task for Cameroon

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

LI­BRE­VILLE. - Cameroon have a daunt­ing task as they must over­come the loss of sev­eral key play­ers as they pre­pare to take on Burk­ina Faso in an Africa Cup of Na­tions Group A soc­cer en­counter at the at Stade de l’Ami­tié in Li­bre­ville to­day.

Coach Hugo Broos, who saw his prepa­ra­tions thrown in tur­moil by the with­drawals of eight play­ers in­clud­ing striker Eric Maxim Choupo Mot­ing of Schalke, Liver­pool de­fender Joel Matip and full-back Al­lan Nyom of Wat­ford, is how­ever op­ti­mistic that should they reach the quar­ter­fi­nals, they then have a good chance of fight­ing to win the cov­eted Afcon ti­tle.

Broos has been forced to cast his net wider and he ad­mits he is not sure quite how his team will fare in the com­pe­ti­tion how­ever he stopped short of al­lud­ing to the fact that af­ter each game he will be able to note the strengths and weak­nesses as he spoke to su­pers­port.com “Af­ter sev­eral key play­ers turned down the op­por­tu­nity to play for Cameroon our plans were thrown in dis­ar­ray, how­ever I am a firm be­liever that any good player named in the squad has the op­por­tu­nity to shine and make the coun­try proud in such a com­pe­ti­tion” Broos told su­pers­port.com af­ter the Afcon draws at the Rad­di­son Blu Ho­tel in Li­bre­ville.

“Mak­ing such de­ci­sions was a very dif­fi­cult thing for me,” Broos said . “When will we know whether the best ones have been se­lected? In four weeks’ time.”

“I have a lot of re­spect for our op­po­nents but I be­lieve we will take one game at a time and see the pos­i­tives and neg­a­tives and hope­fully rec­tify be­fore the next game. My fo­cus is on our first match against Burk­ina Faso and I have told the play­ers that the first game is the most cru­cial in any com­pe­ti­tion and from that point we will gauge our­selves. -

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