Indomitable Lions of Cameroon take on their Gabonese Azingo Nationale
on Saturday, September 5 at the Omar Bongo Stadium in Libreville, Gabon.
Described in FIFA parlance as a ‘high-risk-match’, the 22 players of
the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, invited by French-born trainer, Paul
Marie Le Guen, have been telling Cameroonians and the international
media that come rain or shine; victory will be theirs in Libreville.
The kind of disciplinary mechanisms Le Guen has introduced in the
Lions’ den have sent strong signals that the trip to Gabon is not for
The Cameroonian media and the citizenry have also been in tandem,
exhibiting, patriotic sentiments towards the Lions as they prepare in
their setting at the Hilton Hotel and the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, all
in Yaounde, Cameroon’s political capital. So far, Le Guen’s strict and
rigorous training programmes have been going on hitch-free, with the 22
players all in camp. The specific timetables for the media men and
women to be part of the Lions’ training as well as the ever-loving
football public in Cameroon have been meticulously respected.
As the Lions jet-out of Yaounde to Libreville, Friday, September 4, two
major issues are at stake; a World Cup Ticket is in play and
sub-regional domination in football.
The results of the Gabon – Cameroon match, September 5 will be a
determinant for Cameroon’s chances of qualification to the final phase
of South Africa 2010. A victory for Cameroon will keep their
qualification dreams alive.
However, the players, management and the people of Gabon are also
looking forward to the Saturday, September 5 football fiesta with a lot
of optimism. The Azingo Nationale have tasted the sweetness of victory,
having disgraced the Atlas Lions of Morocco and the Hawks of Togo in
their first and second matches respectively, in Group A.
In a press statement in Libreville, Gabonese coach, French man Alain
Giresse, has cautioned Gabonese players and fans not to be carried away
by their initial victories. “It will be a huge error to be carried
away,” Giresse told journalists.
Gabon currently tops Group A with 6 points after two matches. Cameroon
is tailing with a point. Togo has three points and Morocco a point too.