Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency report
The Cameroun Football Federation (FECAFOOT) is believed to have given an ultimatum to the Indomitable Lions to beat the Super Eagles in next year’s World Cup qualifier or Head Coach, Hugo Broos, may lose his job.
After two back-to-back draws against Algeria and Zambia, Cameroun football authorities appear to have become nervous of their chances of making the trip to Russia 2018 from the Group B of the World Cup qualifier where Nigeria is in the driver’s seat on maximum six points.
Cameroun is on two points with both Zambia and Algeria trailing on one point each.
Broos himself seems to indirectly acknowledge this order from the FECAFOOT and has called Lions’ away trip to Nigeria August next year a crucial and decisive game that is likely going to determine the progress or otherwise of the team.
“However, we know that the matches against Nigeria will be decisive. We will have to win to have another chance to go to the World Cup. We have eight months to prepare, ” observed the gaffer to local media in Cameroun monday.
With a valuable away point from Algiers on Match-day I of the qualifiers, the Lions succumbed to a Collins Mbesuma opening shocker in Yaounde a fortnight ago when they played hosts to Zambia. Lions squandered many chances and were oft caught on the back foot peddling back into their part of the field until they were able to get an equalizer to share the points.
Broos is now determined to find a way to balance Lions’ attack without committing too many men forward.
When facing Nigeria this balance will be of uttermost importance as the Eagles showed against Algeria. The West Africans always talented, seem under German coach Gernot Rohr to have also developed the mental part of their game, and that should be a big worry to all their group opponents.
In the last three outings under Rohr, Nigeria has remained composed while seeking to score and calm after taking the lead.
The new look Eagles play unruffled and have yet to trail in any of the aforementioned games and the Lions will seek not so much as to score quickly in Nigeria, but score first.
At home the tactics will change and their attack will start as soon as the anthems end.
It won’t be easy but Broos is counting on two things. He has enough time to prepare and the Central Africans in football have always been a thorn in the flesh of the Eagles.