Cameroon is participating this year for the third time in this tournament. Her last participation dates back to the 2003 epic in France. The Lions were dominating the African football and titillated the best nations in the world. That year, Rigobert Song‘s teammates, as explosive & enchanting as they were, reached the final of this competition against France.
Unfortunately, the Cameroonians did not live happiness during this expedition, marked by the tragic death of one of their own: Marc-Vivien Foé. The truculent midfielder of the Lions fell in the battle field, one evening of 26 June 2003, throwing fear and consternation in the precincts of Stade de Gerland in Lyon. Fourteen years have gone by, the green-red-yellow nation is back in this competition, with a new generation of new warriors, with a fifth tiara of African champions in Gabon last February.
Their predecessors of the French campaign are no longer operational in the national team, but some still play football and feast on the European meadows, in both professional and amateur football. Some have definitely left the field and have successfully reconverted to their discipline of heart, both in sports management and in business. On the eve of the 2017 rendezvous in Russia, La Nouvelle Expression conducted an investigation on these former Lions, to find their traces and places in the sports news abounding, 14 years later.