Less than 10 days before Cameroon’s Intermediate lions play the CHAN opener against Zimbabwe, there is reportedly an atmosphere of doubts in the lions den.
Following recent poor displays against Stade Renard, UMS of Loum, Uganda and Niger, Martin Ndtoungou Mpile is desperate to put things in order, ahead of the CHAN opener.
Countries taking part in the CHAN are expected to submit their final list of players retained to CAF in the hours ahead, and there seems to be lots of movements in the ranks of the intermediate lions.
La Minute Info has just confirmed the presence of Canon of yaounde Midfielder, Joël Emmanuel Kofana in the lions den in Mbankomo, while Sports_Vibes.net had earlier reported that Bamboutos’ Christian Mayo, Fortuna’s Gabriel Penda and UMS’ MPAY, are expected in camp on Wednesday evening.
The same platform also indicates that four players are expected to be liberated from camp, notably Forward Francis Elimbi, Frank Priso, PWD’s Burinyuy Derrick and YOSA’s Oscar Etoga.
The lions put up a shambolic display against Niger on Monday evening, a game which they lost 1#2. Monday’s game came after the had an insipid outing against Uganda on new year’s day.
Coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile admitted after the defeat against Niger that his team is lacking Technically and collectively. The question many pundits have asked is if these new names rumoured to be joining camp, can bring what the others have purportedly failed to delivered?.
No official statement has been made by the Cameroon Football Federation or the Communication department of the intermediate lions confirming the arrival or exit of players from the den, but it is no news that players have been fired from camp previously in the middle of the night, with others smuggled in, in similar fashion.
Recently, Bougain Wilfred of UMS of Loum was brought in, while no news have been heard of Frank Kemadjou of Bamboutos, who was previously in camp.
Whatsoever the case, Martin Ndtoungou Mpile and his boys will play Zambia on Thursday evening at the Yaoundé Annex one stadium. It will be one last opportunity for them to convince Cameroonians that they can be trusted, as they head to the African Nations championship, on home soil.