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Sports World News of Sunday, 5 February 2017


Broos thrives amid criticism

Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos has admitted that he has had to work hard to prove to doubters that he can make the Indomitable Lions great again.
The Belgian tactician took over the four-time Afcon winners a year ago with the premier target of qualifying for the 2017 Afcon, and once he did, the objective shifted to making it to the last eight.

Coming into the continental tournament, Cameroon had to show their worth against the hosts Gabon, a strong Burkina Faso and the spirited debutants Guinea Bissau in group A.

The Indomitable Lions finished second in the group to set up a date against the more superior and in-form Senegal, but team effort combined with individual brilliance from goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa saw them overcome Aliou Cisse’s men for a place in the semifinal.

Broos’ tactical astuteness was on display against the Ghana Black Stars, who were favourites to win the tie, but Cameroon once again showed that they were up to the task. They won 2-0 with goals from Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and Christian Bassogog.

“When I took up the job in Cameroon, I was heavily criticised and honestly it was very unfair. I did not understand why I was being judged without being given an opportunity to prove myself first,” he lamented.

“One thing I learnt about Cameroonians is that they are very impatient. Cameroon was one of the leading countries in African football but there have been ups and downs. We have to build a competitive team but it cannot happen in the middle of the night. We need time to do this.”

“Sometimes Cameroonians do not understand why some big players are on the bench but for me what is more important is the result. The most important thing is the team and result.”

“The team has started understanding my philosophy. I think that with our current progress, there will be an improved relationship between the media and I. I am very happy for this generation. I hope that they will continue and win.”

Cameroon face Egypt in the final on Sunday hoping to end a three-decade jinx against the Pharaohs. Cameroon lost to Egypt in two Afcon finals – 1986 and 2008 but will looking to lift their fifth Afcon trophy this time around.