Hugo Broos says he is having a better time as the head coach of Cameroon than he had as the head coach of Algeria.
As per Broos, there is a massive difference in the mentality of the players of the two countries. While the ones at Cameroon understand the importance of putting in the hard yards, the Algerians do not maintain any kind of discipline in that regard and show no interest in sweating it out in the training sessions. They lack professionalism and are not ambitious enough to feature in the biggest leagues in the world.
The 65-year old Belgian makes it very clear that if an offer comes from the Algerian federation again for him to come and coach their national team, he would not think twice before rejecting that offer because his experience of coaching there was as bad as hell, pretty unlike Cameroon.
Broos admits that Cameroon have their own sets of problems as well in terms of how association is being run and all those sorts of things, but, it’s something that is there in African Football in general. Every association is struggling with certain issues.
However, the thing with Cameroon is that they are at least willing to get their issues sorted by putting steps in the right direction. They permit the coach to speak his mind and take his advices into consideration.
One thing that Broos hates the most about African Football is the lack of punctuality of the administrators. Having born and brought up in Europe and having spent most of his playing as well as coaching career in the European culture, he is not used to dealing with unpunctual people. However, he says he is slowly realising the fact that if he has to work in Africa for long durations, he will have to forget about punctuality because it’s just not in the DNA of African people.
Hugo Broos pushed the Cameroon national football team to the finals of the 2017 AFCON where they had to face off with Egypt on February 5 of 2017 and Cameroon came out on top with a 2-1 triumph.
This was the 5th AFCON title that Cameroon has won in their history, the only other African national side that has won more AFCON pieces of silverware is Egypt as they have lifted it on 7 occasions.
The 64 year old Belgian manager of Cameroon is extremely happy about his recent success with the African national side but Hugo Broos is aiming for even bigger things as the experienced manager said:
“it’s true that when I came to Cameroon a year ago I found a group of players who were not motivated so I had to change that.They were coming not to play for the national team but because they had to, because the coach asked them to come. So I changed the group a little bit and put some young payers in and we started working and doing a good job’’
“We have a team that is still not on the highest level. We can be better, but I think it is only the beginning.I am happy for the group, for the players. This is not a group of football players; this is a group of friends. That’s why the players who are on the bench keep being motivated. Against Senegal, against Ghana and against Egypt, these players made the difference’’
One of the next tasks of Hugo Broos is to help Cameroon in their process of qualifying for the approaching 2018 FIFA World Cup and they are currently positioned in the 2nd spot of Group B with 2 points gathered from their 2 initial opening qualification matches. Their forthcoming match is scheduled to be played on August 28 as they face off with Nigeria.
Fooball Apex body FIFA has waded in on the drag between Liverpool, Joel Matip and Cameroon.
FIFA claims that the final decision rests with Cameroon as they would have to permit the player to play for Liverpool, reports say.
Matip has not been in action for his national side since September 2015 could not appear in the game against Manchester United on Sunday as FIFA did not give the player the required eligibility clearance to feature.
The African side called up the player despite Matip’s assertion that he does not want to play for the national team anymore. Cameroon invited him for the ongoing African Cup of Nations, which the player declined. However, FIFA ruled in favour of the country even as he has no intention to represent his country.
Liverpool sought for FIFA to clarify the issue as the stalemate between all parties continued. This means that except Cameroon can permit him, Matip would have to sit out of football matches throughout the rest of the duration Cameroon would spend at the tournament. He would have to wait for another five days as well before he can feature for the Reds, in line with FIFA guidelines.
Liverpool would not be able to play him, even though they need his services as the back, as they would risk FIFA sanctions.
“Our services answered by directing the club to the applicable provisions (annexe 1 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players) in particular its article 5. FIFA also indicated that any potential violation of the applicable provisions would need to be investigated by the FIFA disciplinary committee. We cannot provide any further comment on this issue,” a FIFA spokesperson said.
Matip would miss the FA Cup clash this week and probably next week’s Premier League game if Cameroon stay on in the tournament.
Cameroon have another opportunity to lift the elusive women’s Africa Cup of Nations when they play favourites Nigeria in a grand final on Saturday.
The Super Falcons have enjoyed a strong hold on the biennial event but the hosts this term would be hoping to usurp the African football giant.
Cameroon hosted Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Kenya and Mali, aside Nigeria during the tournament. Mali are replacement for Equatorial Guinea who were disqualified for fraud whilst fielding a player. Guinea are the only side that have ever stopped Nigeria from lifting the title. Equatorial Guinea won the title in 2008 and 2012, denying the only dominant female team in Africa.
The top two sides in two groups of four advanced to the semi finals where Nigeria trounced South Africa and Cameroon defeated Ghana. Cameroon want to be the top side in African women football and advance to another World Cup after participating in their first in 2015. Armed with one of the longest serving women football coaches in Africa, Enow Ngachu, Cameroon want to have the last laugh against Nigeria on home soil.
Nigeria would have it difficult when they play Cameroon who are yet to concede a goal this term courtesy of a solid defence. The Indomitable Lionesses have rather been having problems scoring goals. Even 24-year old striker Gaelle Enganamoit – a BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year nominee – has not been able to contribute the much-needed goals, probably as a result of the lengthy injury she only just returned from.
“Mentally, physically, psychologically, we are ready for the game on Saturday. We have experienced players that can deal with any situation,” Nigerian coach Florence Omagbemi has said ahead of the clash. Nigeria has scored 12 goals so far with Arsenal striker Asisat Oshoala scoring half.
Cameroon are in the same group – Group A – with Gabon just in time for the upcoming AFCON 2017 scheduled to hold from around January 14 – February 5.
Cameroon, who has won the AFCON competitions four times, will have to battle Gabon, Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau to advance to the quarterfinals of the competition. They are hoping to win their first continental title since 2002.
The first game for the Indomitable Lions will begin on the 14th of January with them having to face Burkina Faso, a game that would be the second of the day to be played at Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville by 8pm local time.
Head Coach of the Cameroon team, Hugo Broos has therefore sounded a note of caution in the event of the draws so far.
“We have Gabon in our group and the host is always dangerous. Playing with less prestigious teams can be tricky. So we need to be really careful to make it to the second round,” said Broos.
On January 18, Cameroon will face Guinea Bissau at the same venue and at the same time. However, their last game would be with the competition hosts, Gabon at the same stadium, 8pm.
In the same vein, Joseph-Antoine Bell, a two-time AFCON winner has expressed his pleasure at the calibre of teams in the same group as Cameroon. He tagged the group an “easier group” when compared to other participating nations.
“Cameroon has a good draw and should logically qualify. Hardly have we ever got a group like this at AFCON,” he boasted.
Cameroon lifted their first AFCON title in 1984, defeating Nigeria in the finals of the competition at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. They won that game 3-1.
Hugo Broos was appointed as the head coach of Cameroon back on February of the ongoing year and ever since the Belgian manager took over the national side, the 64 year old tactician has stated that he does not want to have any distractions that would take him away from what he is planning to accomplish with Cameroon.
After being officially unveiled as the new coach of the Cameroon national side, Hugo Broos said: “I will never accept intrusion in my job as a coach. I am the coach and I take the decisions. It is the first time I will be training a national team and there is always a beginning but I hope for good results and I am not afraid to take the post.’’
“I have always been passionate about African football and Cameroon has a rich football history having participated at World Cups and won the Africa Cup of Nations. They have good players and this, coupled with the prospect of qualifying for and playing in two big competitions, was a big attraction.”
FECAFOOT is the Cameroonian Football Federation which is the governing body of football in Cameroon and they have outlined some of the objectives that they would like to see Hugo Broos accomplishing as the coach of Cameroon.
A few of the objectives are qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and also qualifying for the 2017 Nations Cup.
Even though Hugo Broos still has not accomplished any of the objectives, he has kicked things off in a positive way after defeating Gambia in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match which was played on September 3.
Cameroon also defeated Gabon in an international friendly match and this shows just how serious Hugo Broos has been taking this managerial position with Cameroon. This is the first time that the Belgian manager has taken charge of a national team but he has been doing an impressive job.
Despite this fairly good start coaching Cameroon, the main task of qualifying for the upcoming 2017 Nations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup is what Hugo Broos has been tasked to achieve and there is a long road ahead of him.
Plymouth Argyle is set to convert former Cameroon Under-21 international from a centre back to a defensive midfielder, the BBC reports.
The 24-year old player played for Argyle boss Derek Adams back in 2012 at Ross County and joined the Pilgrims as a defender after he was released by Blackburn Rovers.
It appears that the club has converted him to a midfielder after he featured in that capacity when they loss 1-0 to Carlisle United in the weekend fixture. After the loss, Argyle manager said: “He was probably the standout performer. He’s a winner and I think that him going in there a bit further forward than the back three helped us.”
Adams added that Sango’o was more comfortable in the role as he was able to offer the usual protection yet allow for chances to be created. Latvia international Nauris Bulvitis getting the required international clearance he featured with former captain of Crawley Sonny Bradley in the centre defence, forcing Sango’o to move forward if he was to feature in the game. He could remain in the position for the rest of the season after his decent performance.
While Sango’o was changing only position, his native Alex song changed clubs. Song lost his place in the team when former coach of Malaga Javi Gracia returned at the end of May following the poor finish in the Russian top flight league. He was released from his contract, so Rubin Kazan acquired him and confirmed the deal on Monday. Song played for Barcelona and spent six years at Arsenal. The 28-year old player spent two years at West Ham when he couldn’t impress at Camp Nou. He has 49 caps to his belt for the Cameroon national team. Song might eventually end his career in Russia as his career winds down.
Football federations often need to take tough calls in order to ensure that the game of football is played in a fair manner.
The football federation in Cameroon came under the radar recently as some of the players were found to be cheating about their age. As many as fourteen players had to be suspended under this allegation.
The case of age fraud might not be serious, but it is a step that needs to be taken by football federations across the world to ensure that the right examples are set and other countries follow suit. Transparency and accuracy of physical parameters are important in a game like football where the skills and talents of players depend on their age as well. Cameroon football federation definitely took an important step when age analyses were done and the ones who were found to be guilty of having misled in this aspect were suspended from the game. The federation revealed that several players has been lying in order to get into the under 17 category for the Africa Cup of Nations, which would be held at Madagascar in the following year.
It is commonplace among African nations as age related certification is difficult to acquire as records are often not in place in many states. Hence, in many African nations the accurate age of a player is difficult to determine. In order to overcome this obstacle MRI testing has been introduced which can help to curtail such defects in the recording system and catch fraudulent cases. About 40 players in the under 17 category were tested and about one third of the population was found to have been at fault with regard to their age accuracy. The report of the same was even broadcasted in the local radio networks.
It is found that the technology of magnetic resonance imaging or MRI that is a common medical diagnostic tool, can give information to the examiners about body structures which can help experts to determine the age of a young player with near enough accuracy. This examination technique has been in vogue since 2009 for the under 17 World Cup category.
Cameroon were once one of the strongest teams in Africa, but several decades of instability has destroyed the national team.
Cameroon are no longer the powerhouse of Africa. Hence, they are aware that they need to work extremely hard if they are to qualify for the next World Cup. The national team recently turned their attention towards Belgium coach Hugo Broos in the hope of rediscovering form. Since being appointed as the national team was in February 2016, Cameroon were without much success under the management of the 64-year-old before finally getting their first win in the game against Mauritania.
The poor performances in the African Cup of Nations and the subsequent friendly against France mean that the honeymoon period may already be over for the 64-year-old. However, he remains unfazed by the possibility since he is working towards the goal of getting the national team to the World Cup 2018 in Russia. The national team recently achieved qualification to the 2017 African Cup of Nations which will take place in Gabon. The tactician claimed that it certainly was not easy to qualify for this competition because the group contained top teams like South Africa, Gambia, andMauritania.
South Africa’s poor form was capitalised to the fullest by Cameroon, who have qualified with a game to spare.“Since taking up the job, I’ve tried to get to know the pool of players and pick the best ones to represent their country. People are sometimes surprised by my choices, but I’ve given them a lot of thought. To get the right results, you have to first build a squad and pick players who can work well together on and off the pitch.Our international players must understand that the overall objective is a win for the team and not their own individual performances,” said Broos.
Cameroon’s disappointing form continued after their failure to land a win in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.
The goalless draw with South Africa means that Cameroon have managed only two wins in the last seven games. Manager Hugo Broos had demanded improvements prior to the game. Cameroon had managed a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture with South Africa. Despite being the home team and coming in with a lot of prestige as one of the best teams in Africa, Cameroon had to come back twice in the game.
The poor start to the Africa cup of nations qualification campaign is likely to put more pressure on the manager. They remain top of the table after a 0-0 draw in the second leg against South Africa, but Mauritania are posing a lot of threat by being just one point behind in the table. Cameroon have managed two wins and two draws from the qualification campaign so far. Belgian Broos became the national team boss of Cameroon in February 2016. He has just been in charge of two games and fans are likely to give the new boss more time to make an impact. Prior to the reverse fixture against South Africa, Broos demanded improvements from his team.
“It is clear that I was not happy with the Saturday’s game. We wanted to win, but I have already said before that I didn’t understand how South Africa were last in our group. They are a very strong team.The only way to be certain of qualification is by winning all our remaining games. And we have to start with Tuesday’s match against South Africa. It will be a difficult game.We will continue to keep working hard and try to get a positive result,” said Broos prior to the draw with South Africa.