Akono confident of Afcon berth


Jean Paul Akono, the new man in charge of the Indomitable Lions is seeking every element necessary to give the Cameroon national team qualification on October 14. For the task he was given to rescue the team, he is confident he can deliver.

Besides bringing back old names in the squad, he is banking on the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games spirit where the Olympic team grabbed gold in a tough fight with the world’s heavy weights. In the absence of the team’s rising striker, Eric Maxim Choupo Moting, Tottenham Hotspurs left back, Benoit Assou Ekotto, and Montpelier’s defender Henri Bedimo, who are all absent due to injury, Akono is positive that the Lions will upset Cape Verde on October 14. Akono has argued strongly that despite criticisms about their age, Mbami Modeste, Pierre Wome Nlend, Idrissou Mohamadou, Pierre Webo and Achille Emana will join Samuel Eto’o and the younger players of the team to do the magic. On his part, Cameroon legend, Roger Milla has also stated that the team will qualify, judging from the experience and reputation of Akono in handling such situations. Milla, an ardent advocate for a local coach for the national team, told the state media that Akono has a reputation for delivering results. He recalled that Akono won Olympic gold medal in Sydney, and then used the national military team to emerge African champions and vice world champions. “Personally, I believe in him. He is a coach I have worked with in the past. I have no worries in that regard,” Milla stated. Nonetheless, while calling for support from all Cameroonians so as to propel the team to victory, the 1990 hero reserved harsh words for the country’s football federation. “For me, Fecafoot should steer clear of the players….The federation has to get lost because Fecafoot officials have become an obstacle,” the African legend remarked. The Cameroon football team commences training on October 8 before the duel on October 4 in Yaounde. The Indomitable Lions have the obligation to triumph with at least a 3-0 goal margin if they hope to qualify.

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