The Herald (Zimbabwe)

Daunting task for Cameroon


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 “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 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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