According to some people, the coach of the Indomitable Lions must give some explanations on the management of his group for this match.
Heroic! This is probably the adjective that suits best to the Indomitable Lions after their performance against the Fennecs this October 9, 2016 at the Mustapha Tchaker stadium. Caught short after the Algerian goal scored at the 6th minute by Hilal Soudani, Cameroonians found resources to come from behind in the 23rd minute thanks to Benjamin Moukandjo.
Despite constant pressure from Algeria, including Riyad Mahrez, untenable on the right side, the Lions clung and resisted to impose the sharing of the points to one of the best nations in Africa. Special mention to the young goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa who, by himself, sickened Algerian attackers.
Cameroon therefore comes back from Algeria with a valuable point that allows them to be placed second in Group B of the qualifiers for World Cup 2018, behind Nigeria, winner of Zambia (1-2). Receiving Zambia early November, the Lions can logically claim to seize the top spot. But first, Hugo Broos must give some explanations.
The fans of the Indomitable Lions were already surprised by the 11 players chosen by the Belgian technician for this match. Another element added itself to this astonishment. The choice to award the captaincy to Benjamin Moukandjo while Vincent Aboubakar, the second vice-captain, was on the playground.
The question arises especially since no communication has been made about it. Stephane Mbia, the current captain, appointed in 2014 by former sports minister Adoum Garoua, was not summoned for the match. Again, no explanation. But his two deputies, Maxim Choupo Moting and Vincent Aboubakar were well in the group.
Yet in trial match on October 5 against Olympique de Marseille it was again Moukandjo who wore the armband. The Lorient striker was already the captain in September against Gambia and Gabon in Limbe. Facts that preclude hypothesis of a chance and suggest that the Cameroon team has a new leader.
Hugo Broos is certainly coach and as such, he has the right to decide to appoint a new captain. But in normal operation, he should inform the public opinion, if not by necessity, at least to avoid speculation. Knowledgeable observers agree that it was a case of mismanaged captaincy that created the disorder in the den in 2010 under the Paul Le Guen era.