The under 23 lions of Cameroon have failed to pick a qualification ticket for the final of the ongoing 4th Islamic solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. The junior indomitable lions were defeated by Oman through post penalty kicks 4 goals as against 3. Both teams pulled a virgin draw during the 90minutes regular playing time.
Missing out the final, the boys of Coach Richard Towa will take on Algeria in the third position game tomorrow Saturday. Algeria it should be recalled was trashed 2 nil by host nation, Azerbaijan in the other semi final match. The final will pit Azerbaijan against Oman.
On the other hand, the under 17 lions presently taking part in the under 17 African Cup of Nations in Gabon have complicated their chances of moving to the second round of the competition after their 1 all tie with Guinea Conakry in their second group stage game yesterday. In their first group match, the baby lions were lambasted by Ghana, 4 goals to nothing. Cameroon will take on host nation Gabon tomorrow Saturday in their last group stage encounter. In group A, Cameroon is third with one point, Ghana tops the group with six points and has already qualified for the semi final of the tournament and automatically, will take part in the world junior Championship, Guinea Conakry is second with three points and Gabon has zero point synonymous to elimination. However, if Cameroon must grab a semi final ticket, they must have to trash Gabon 7 nil, a task which is very daunting and seems almost impossible.
This poor performance of the junior selections is blamed largely on the lack of a veritable youth football championship in Mr. Biya’s Country. Football stakeholders spend time and money in courts to settle disputes which have nothing to do with the promotion of the game in the country. Corruption, infighting and struggle for positioning is the order of the day in Cameroon’s football.
Meantime the senior national football team, the indomitable lions’ head coach, Hugo Broos has published a shortlist of 30 players to begin camping on the 28th of this month ahead of their AFCON 2019 qualification match against Algeria on the 10th of June and the Confederations cup come June 2017 in Russia.
The 30 man squad is made up of five new players from European championships and non from the home based championship. The rest are regular faces and the majority of those who won the 2017 AFCON with the lions in Gabon except of the southern Cameroon’s top striker Njie Clinton who has been marginalized and sidelined from the team after their last AFCON competition without any genuine reason. Another player whose absence is understood is Nichola Nkoulou who has retired from international football.