In a pre-match press conference held yesterday in the press room of the Omnisport stadium in Yaounde, Morocco coach Hervé Renard was facing the press. He was pretty casual, seemed sure of himself, and his group, about the encounter that the Atlas Lions will deliver against the indomitable Lions. This encounter counts, for the qualifiers of the AfCON 2019.
“There are players who are going to play tomorrow, it’s up to them to keep the spirit that we had during the African Cup, it was a real project. Now, we will be able to really progress when we are able to shake the teams of this quality, that is to say the quality of Cameroon which is champion of Africa. It’s good tests, it’s revealing tests and that’s where you have to be up to it. As for Ramadan and the heat, it is the African continent, and we play at 3 pm, it will be almost 30°. There are so many parameters that are different that players have to adapt very quickly, avoid complaining, and then focus on one thing, make the best result. “.
What appreciation have you made of the Cameroon team, which has changed since the time?
“I know the team very well, because some time after our last game with Côte d’Ivoire here, where we had a little lesson, we managed to beat this team in the quarterfinal of the 2015 AfCON. And then of course I followed this team during its coronation of 2017. The coach once again proved that the team factor is more important than the individuality factor. This is the essential thing to be remembered for this victory. It is true that we will say that I prefer this player to another, but what is important to remember is that the important thing is to win, as Cameroon won, the coach had reason. “