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This Sunday at the Olembé stadium in Yaoundé; Cameroon; which has been hoping to host the event since 1972; it will launch its Africa Cup of Nations against the Burkinabe outsider. After 50 years of waiting; including three of total procrastination marked by job delays and relocation; the country wants to put the small plates in the big ones. With no particular playing antecedent; but armed with their traditional “hemlè” and pushed by Samuel Eto’o from goal; the five-title continental Lions dream of dribbling the pandemic context. History to remember that his dignity is indomitable; and above all that victory runs through his veins to eternal life.

It seems that everythingjournaltimees at the right time to those who know how to wait. In 2014; the African Football Confederation (CAF) designated Cameroon as the host country for CAN 2019. After the organization withdrew for the benefit of Egypt; due to insecurity in the west of the country linked to the Anglophone crisis and delays in works in Douala or Yaoundé; he chooses tojournaltimepensate and grant him the 2021 edition. But here again; fate is involved: initially postponed from June to January due to the Covid-19 pandemic; the Africa Cup is finally postponed one year; and is set for the period January-February 2022. The time when the homeland of Roger Milla and Joseph-Antoine Bell leaves nothing to chance; and even to elect a new president at the head of their Football Federation; Fecafoot.

Your name ? Son of Samuel Eto’o; that more will be expected in internal issues and daily issues (schools and soccer training; restructuring of the championship; probity in the institutions; end of quarrels around bonuses); than in his management of CAN 2021. Now in In his forties; he should not fall into the arrogance of power; he who is already criticized – in parallel – for his role as ambassador of the Qatar World Cup. But like Thomas Nkono in his time with Gianluigi Buffon; his very presence could inspire the Indomitable Lions of Toni Conceição in their search for a sixth star. Beasts still in love with meows; lacking in charisma and leadership. What to start (a little); the legendary Cameroonian confidence; as the first life-size test approaches?

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Naturally they qualified automatically; Cameroon nevertheless participated in qualifying and finished first in a group that included Rwanda; Mozambique and Cape Verde; their runners-up by one point; who snatched four of the six points and abandoned them. 17 at the end of group A; to take their revenge. Also guaranteed tojournaltimepete in the 2022 World Cup play-offs after having fired Ivory Coast and hype Sébastien Haller in a chopper match at the end of November (1-0); the ‘Camer’ even appears; from the outside; on the track ; and it could act as a natural favorite alongside the Algerian scarecrow and the Senegalese navy. Problem; despite the presence of an appearance of spinal column and executive players more or less in all positions; the operation to reconquer – after the title acquired in Gabon in 2017 before the Egyptian pharaohs – is not inevitable.

-Defensively; there are a lot of questions. The return of André Onana after his doping sanction offers a particular insurance between the goals; but in the axis; neither Moukoudi; nor Castelletto; nor Onguéné really managed to find a place next to captain Michael Ngadeu; the captain of La Gantoise.; says Paul Miyeme; a Cameroonian freelance journalist. On the sides; between the lack of experience of the MLS players Tolo and Mbaizo; Oyongo returning from a serious knee injury; veteran Collins Fai and the binational Ebosse; who is a bit the Pascal Chimbonda of the list; Cameroonian is not necessarily varnished. . ” Placed in an affordable group (Cape Verde; therefore; but also Burkina Faso as an opening and Ethiopia as an aperitif); the Indomitable Lions grope before the gong. -From the moment André-Frank Zambo Anguissa is the technical leader of the team; it is problematic. In Serie A his progress is constant; but in the national team he is still not as efficient ” ; continues Paul Miyeme. The only Cameroonian midfielder on the final list who played in the last Africa Cup with Pierre Kunde (Olympiakós); the Neapolitan must especially take advantage of this CAN to finally reflect the light that grows around his unbeatable 84 meters.

Concepción and the hemlè

In order for the month of thejournaltimepetition to bjournaltimee a national holiday in Cameroon; the captain of the boat still needs to have a plan. In office for two and a half years; the Portuguese Toni Conceição is not unanimous among local football observers. -Conceição has greatjournaltimemunication problems. He does not speak French or English and his translator follows him constantly. Obviously; to pass personalized messages to certain players; it is not ideal ” adds Paul Miyeme. No real eleven type and with a pattern that ranges from 4-2-3-1; 4-3-3 and even 3-4-1-2 with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting at number 10 (!) ; the former CFR Cluj coach seems tense; unreadable and inaccessible to the press. “As soon as he is asked about his choices; he shines and locks himself in his ivory tower.says Miyeme. For example; Choupo-Moting has the status of Vice Captain; but no one understands his use; as most of the time he is a substitute. In September; Conceição called him upside down for the game against Ivory Coast. Except that he did not use it for a minute due to the state of the grass; claiming to preserve his physical integrity for the beautiful eyes of Bayern. Despite qualifying for the World Cup play-offs; he plays very big during this African Cup: in case of premature elimination; and given the level of play offered so far; he is likely to take the door. ”

Despite the gradual return of the executives to the attack; Cameroon does not really know which foot to dance with. -Karl Toko-Ekambi does not weigh as much as he did in Lyon despite his last essential goal to defeat the Ivory Coast. Christian Bassogog; the 2017 CAN MVP; has never really gotten better since then; and Moumi Ngamaleu is a soldier more than an X factor. As for Vincent Aboubakar; the captain; he has clearly regressed athletically since his transfer to Saudi Arabia; and you can feel it in the selection ” ; says the journalist based in Yaoundé. So where can you find that extra soul that will bring the Indomitable Lions back to Olembé; on the day of the final on February 6? The answer is in five letters and a grave accent: the hemlè. In the Cameroonian collective imagination; this notion of recklessness is very «Room touch» It has held a prominent place and has been moving mountains for at least 70 years. -Hemlè is something that Senegalese; Ivorians or Malians do not have. It is that ability that a Cameroonian or a Cameroonian of origin like Kylian Mbappé; Earvin Ngapeth; Nicolas Batum or Teddy Tamgho has; to always find the strength to get up; to be sure of oneself in any circumstance; between romanticism and the spirit of struggle” ; adds Paul Miyeme; convinced. The brothers André Kana-Biyik and François Omam-Biyik; Rigobert Song and Samuel Eto’o played it in turns; like their ancestors of the Bassa ethnic group during the decolonization war. Enough to keep the hope alive that; even in the event of faltering performances; the Indomitable Lions’ true strength at home does not lie in an uneven indicatorBut it boils in them at the slightest beat of the heart.

By Alejandro Lázaro
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