The coach of the Cameroon team made it known on December 5, 2016 at the opening of the training camp he initiated.
A training camp for professional players on vacation in Cameroon. This is how Hugo Broos calls the training session he started on Monday with 16 footballers at the stadium number 1 of the omnisports stadium in Yaounde.
In addition to the 12 local players summoned in the statement, the coach of the indomitable Lions called on Franck Boya of Apejes de Mfou and Georges Bokwe of Coton Sport Garoua. Two international footballers are already present. They are Anatole Abang, a striker at Hobro IK in the second division in Denmark and Jonathan Ngwen, a defender at Progresso Sambizanga in Angola.
Responding to the press before the start of training, Hugo Broos explained the reasons for his initiative. ” Indeed, there are players whose championships are stopped. Others will be in the same situation in the next few days. If these players are to go to the AFCON (Gabon 2017, Editor’s Note), they will be three or four weeks off. That is impossible. We have organized these training sessions so that they remain in good condition, “he said.
In total, 14 players playing in Cameroon are present in this grouping which ends on December 21st. Some observers have early thought that it is a pole tense to these local players to join the group of the next AFCON. Broos quickly set the record straight.
“It’s hard to train with only six or seven players. That’s why we added some U23 players who may be tomorrow’s indomitable Lions, “said the coach. Speaking of these local players, he added: “I can not afford to experiment because there is a quality problem. Now, during the two weeks that arrive, I’ll see, maybe these players will get the chance after the AFCON. “
Originally called an “internship“, this grouping eventually turned into an internship. The players who were not domiciled in Yaounde were accommodated in a hotel not far from the training stadium. They will be evaluated in two friendly matches against local clubs.