The coach of the Indomitable Lions did not have it easy at the post-match press conference, facing journalists unconvinced by his choices.
Having been blocked by Zambia on Saturday at the Limbe Omnisports Stadium, Cameroon is losing its chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup Russia. Hugo Broos and his foals left the public and especially the Cameroonian sports press with an unusual anger. The Belgian technician also paid the expenses during the press conference after the match where he was literally cornered by media men that he can not convince through his choices.
The press accuses him of regularly aligning players who are rather accustomed to bench in their clubs in Europe. The journalist Guy Roger Obama of Radio Magic FM in Yaounde cited examples: Benjamin Moukandjo who is not a hundred percent with his club Lorient, Clinton Njie not very regular on the lawns with Olympique de Marseille, Nicolas Nkoulou, almost separated from the Olympique Lyonnais … Players whose lack of competition is not without consequence on the rendering of the team.
“That is the problem of Cameroon. Here, there are players who are in Europe but who do not play. What can I do ? Moukandjo played all the matches except the last two because he was injured, it’s true. But I think a player like him can always do something in a game. If I have to take into account the players who do not play in their clubs, it will be difficult for me to have 18 players. It has always been the case since I was here but now it’s much better because there are players who play more often than before. Will I ask the clubs to put them on their teams? We must live with that, “he replied, without visibly succeeding in convincing his impatient interlocutors to relaunch him on the issue.
The case of Choupo Moting
Regretting the deficiencies observed on the offensive front of the Indomitable Lions and which could have been resolved in the presence of Eric Maxim Choupo Moting, the Cameroon media men vigorously questioned the coach about the Schalke 04 striker whom he Has never established since he took the reins of the tricolor selection. Journalist at Pan-African Television Vox Africa, Boney Philippe challenged the information that announced he was unavailable for Saturday’s meeting. The player might have, according to him, refused to come in selection to avoid being humiliated again by Hugo Broos. A reaction that had the gift of putting more than the technical boss of the Lions on the defensive. “If you say Choupo is not hurt, you’re lying, because that’s not true. This would mean that Schalke’s doctor lies, that Choupo lies. Let us not make such a controversy by saying of a player who has announced himself wounded that he is not wounded, “he replied, very annoyed. He adds very tense: “If he is not hurt, phone him, do not tell it to me. “
However, Broos could not justify the non-holding of the Lions’ number 13 in the match against Algeria (1-1) on 9 October 2016 in Blida, when he had just acknowledged that his team urgently needed a player of Choupo Moting’s profile. That is to say “a player capable of making a connection between the middle and the attack, a technical genius who can make the penultimate pass and accelerate the game“, to quote Jacques Marcel Itiga, Journalist of the National Union of Cameroonian Footballers (Synafoc).
Hugo Broos, especially wanted to make the journalists be like ungrateful people, ready to criticize everything at the slightest false step. “This is not the time to start saying: we had to do this, we had to do that. After such a match, it is very easy. I did not hear these echoes after the match against Algeria, I did not hear these echoes after the match against the Gambia, against Mauritania, because we had won. When we do a bad result, we must not start to criticize everything, “he said, as exchanges became more and more tensed. But he was saved thanks to the intervention of Vincent de Paul Atangana, Team Press Officer of the Lions who decided to put an end to the exchanges against the will of his confreres who seemed to be inhabited by several other preoccupations.