Cameroon coach Alioum Saidou expects his aspect to method each sport as a ultimate after they kickoff their marketing campaign in opposition to Congo within the TotalEnergies CHAN 2022 on Monday, January 16 on the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran, Algeria
The Intermediate Lions, who completed fourth on the final version at house two years in the past, are beneath stress to match their efficiency again then or higher it.
“We’re Cameroon. What’s essential for us is to play this match and win it. Now we have been getting ready for a while and our gamers are trying ahead to this. A sport in opposition to Congo is a derby however we’re prepared for this degree,” defined Saidou.
“In fact, enjoying in a three-team group is difficult and each sport is a ultimate. Now we have workforce and we performed pleasant video games to arrange earlier than coming right here so we’re assured. Now we have no selection however to ship for our followers.”
Saidou may need misplaced ahead Marou Souaibou who not too long ago joined South African giants Orlando Pirates however he has different nice gamers that he can depend on for a match of this calibre to ship success for Cameroon.
He stated, “There are gamers that aren’t out there right here however this isn’t one thing that’s going to cease us. We will make do with what we now have. We nonetheless have some new native gamers who need to showcase their expertise and I need to see extra from them.”
Amongst these is teen Jerome Ngom whose star shone on the simply concluded World Cup in Qatar the place his standout help to captain Vincent Aboubakar noticed the latter web previous Brazil to grow to be the primary African aspect to defeat Selecao at that stage.
Djawal Kaiba, who however didn’t make it to the ultimate squad to Qatar regardless of scoring in a pleasant sport in opposition to Panama, now has an opportunity to assist Cameroon on the CHAN and propel them to the title.
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The pair’s teammate and captain of Cameroon Yves Moukoko stated that, “The time to speak is over and now it’s time to act. Now we have been getting ready for this competitors for not less than three months now and we’re good to go. Now we have one thing particular, and we will take it one sport at a time.”
Moukouko revealed that he and his team-mates get additional motivation after they see two-time African champion and legend of the sport Samuel Eto’o with them on the match. Eto’o is the Cameroon Soccer Federation president.
“He was an excellent participant and after we see him and take heed to what he has to say, we’re very optimistic. We’re right here to win. Everyone seems to be anticipating us to work laborious, play good sport
Moukoko admitted that enjoying away from house has given the workforce much less stress than is the case after they performed at house in entrance of their followers who anticipate nothing however victory.
“Now we have much less stress however for me it is a new competitors. We should focus. Now we have large ambitions and if we begin effectively, we will go very far on this match.”
In the meantime, Moukouko added that his workforce has been welcomed very effectively in Algeria proper from after they landed in Algiers and Oran the place they’re based mostly.
“We got here right here to play soccer. Once we had been within the airports in Algiers and since we’re arrived right here in Oran, we now have seen solely optimistic vibes. Now we have been having fun with our keep and having fun with this African reception since we had been right here. Oran is gorgeous.”
The sport between Cameroon and Congo can be performed at 1900hrs GMT.