It seems far away, the victory at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Indomitable Lions quickly descended to earth. The representative of Africa were disillusioned at the 10th edition of the Confederations Cup…they were like fish out of water.
Three games, two defeats, one draw, six goals conceded against two scored; The record of the recent champions of Africa, is unflattering. They are the last of their group, dominated by Germany, Chile and Australia, Benjamin Moukandjo and his teammates have to do it: the distortion that separates them from the best teams in the world is still too great. The team of Cameroon misses cruelly a world-class striker, capable of scoring at any time.
The many opportunities not converted by Vincent Aboubakar during the match against Australia (1-1), demonstrate it largely. To silence the critics, the coach announced after the match that he is looking for this famous “surface killer“, which Cameroon doesn’t yet have. Captain Moukandjo seems more and more out of breath, unable to hold on for more than 60 minutes. And if the defensive pair Teikeu-Ngadeu knows to be generous in the effort, on the other hand they appeared very feverish against agile attackers. So much too much to hope for a qualification in the semi-finals. The goal that had been set by Hugo Broos. Especially as the Belgian technician himself, was not really inspired before and during the tournament.
Like Players Like Coach
Adulated during and after the Gabonese AfCON for his choices deemed judicious, the coach of the team of Cameroon was not really convincing in Russia. He initially decided, to the general surprise, to deprive himself of a player.
It is indeed with 22 elements that Cameroon has disputed its Confederations Cup. The 23rd, Ambroise Oyongo, was seriously injured one week before the competition. And while he had the alternatives, Broos preferred to leave with a big handicap at the left rear post. As a result, he adapted the ingenious Fai Collins on the left, and titled Ernest Mabouka on the right.
Everyone knows what happened next. Although Fai was more or less solid defensively, the member of the Standard de Liège has experienced enormous difficulties during the offensive phases. Logically, since he was on a side not very advantageous for him.
Hugo Broos then surprised us by his wait-and-see attitude. While the Indomitable Lions held the draw against Chile until the 80th, their coach chose to keep on the lawn of the players (Moukandjo, Christian Bassogog, André Zambo Angissa), who nevertheless showed signs of fatigue. The opposite of Juan Antonio Pizzi, his Chilean counterpart, whose changes brought the victory to the champions of South America (2-0).
Quite square on his convictions, the former Belgian international repeated this against Australia. Zambo Anguissa’s Cameroon needed a new lead in the second half, with a goal ahead. Once again, Moukandjo was on the kneecaps. But Broos watched helplessly as the show ended in Australian equalization. It is finally after the 75th minute that he decided to remove the captain to return a Karl Toko who did not really have time to express himself later.
Never two without three, it is customary to say. Well, Broos perfectly applies this saying because he repeated yet again during the match against Germany. Aligned as he entered, Moukandjo, even if he plays effectively, was once again very discreet. Except that the coach kept him on the lawn until 20 minutes to the end. The changes he made, did not really bring the respondent to the world champions who easily won (3-1) after the expulsion of Mabouka.
The Indomitable Lions and their coach missed out on the competition. A good cold shower after the euphoria of the AfCON and before confronting Nigeria in a qualification campaign for the World Cup badly embarked.