Cameroonian striker, FSV Mayence Eric Maxim Choupo Moting has admitted that the players are under pressure from fans ahead of the Nations Cup qualifier match against Guinea Bissau.
“We are under pressure and we had already been a kind of pressure during the match against DR Congo, we won for the country, and for us, we lost against Libya 2-1 and here we come back with more pressure”.
“The country is very disappointed; we are in a difficult situation and have to win all the other games” says 23 year old Germano-Cameroon player.
Cameroon picked a 1-0 win against Guinea Bissau in Yaoundé and the players are determined use the lessons of the defeat suffered in the hands of the Mediterranean Knights for the match on Saturday.
“We learnt that a game is more that 90minutes and ends when the referee blows his whistle”.
The defeat showed that the Lion were not efficient, lacked scoring chances and efficiency at the defence.
The Mediterranean knights opened scores at the sixth, but Choupo Moting levelled six minutes later only for the Knights to nod a header in the last minute of the extra time to lead group I.
“Even if we are a better team, never underestimate a team, it can always happen that they score”.
With the pressure from the fans, the players are conscious that the country is expecting a lot but, a lot has changed in African football.
“This is no longer the period when traditional teams, like Nigeria and Cameroon continue leading and we have to accept the situation and hope to get victories one day”.
He called on the supporters to rally behind the team otherwise the match would be more difficult for the players.
Choupo and his mates say they miss Samuel Eto’o Fils of Anhzi Makachkala serving his eight month match ban for his role in the players strike last year.
Eto’o missed the first qualifier match against Guinea Bissau, two World Cup qualifier games against DR Congo and Libya and would miss the second leg game against Guinea Bissau.
“I am missing him because he is a very good player with quality, he is serving a suspension for reasons I don’t understand but he will come back and nobody doubts his potentials”.