After the friendly against Gabon, Benjamin Moukandjo returned to the role of captain entrusted to him by Hugo Broos for the occasion.
Benjamin Moukandjo visibly savored the moment. The attacker of Lorient was appointed captain of the Indomitable Lions by Hugo Broos for the match on the final day of qualifying for the 2017 AFCON against Gambia (2-0) and the friendly match with the Panthers of Gabon (2-1).
It must be said that the coach of the Cameroon team chose to let stand most players pillar players for these two games. Besides the captain Stephane Mbia, Maxim Choupo Moting, Vincent Aboubakar, Nicolas Nkoulou, Aurelien Chedjou and Eyong Enoh were not present. It is therefore logical that Moukandjo (27 years), the oldest of the group called, wore the captain’s armband.
With this role, the former an associate of Nancy and Monaco took it very seriously. As we have seen, on the playground, he wanted to demonstrate that he is the boss. He was very often seen on the majority of set plays, scoring a penalty against Gambia and touching many balls against Gabon. At a press conference after the match, he was asked to make a brief assessment of his “captaincy“.
Moukandjo did not hide his pleasure.
“It’s a role that I was asked by the coach and that I accepted. Today, if we manage to have these two wins, it is because there is a group that lives well. There is a group that listens to me. I am the oldest now, when I speak, they listen and it is reflected on the field, “he said modestly.
The footballer however held to say:
“I did not invent anything, I just played my former role as I have often done in the past on and off the field. Merit returns to the team and the technical staff. “