By Leocadia Bongben
Former Cameroon international players show their support of the indomitable Lions as they train ahead of the Cameroon-Cape Verde crucial encounter on Sunday.
Led by the 1990 World Cup revelation, Roger Milla, former footballers, Victor Ndip Akem, Eugene Ekeke, Theophile Abega, Emmanuel Kunde, Libih Thomas, Djonkep Bonavanture and Joseph Antoine Bell visited the players in camp last evening.
The visit was intended to galvanize them for the challenging encounter on Sunday that counts for the last round qualifiers for the African Nations Cup.
Cameroon missed out on the 2012 Nations Cup and their ‘faux pas’ against Cape Verde has put the team at a disadvantageous position.
Cameroonian authorities are leaving no stone unturned, and the fans are mobilized to ensure qualification for the indomitable Lions.
The former footballers dished out advice to their younger colleagues, reminding them of the lion spirit-the invincible spirit.
The former players are unanimous that the Lions have to qualify for the African Nations Cup.
Eugene Ekeke said, “Cameroonians are wondering if they are going to watch the African Nations Cup on television next year again if the Lions do not qualify”.
“We have come to tell you not to be afraid, have confidence, let the old who have lived this kind of experience, serve as guide to the younger ones. You have the qualities and what it takes to grab the qualification, do your job, the people are behind you”.
Cameroon lost 2-0 to the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in the away leg and is desperate to turn the tides.
The 1994 African Champion, Abega Theophile said, “It saddens me that Cape Verde is a menace to Cameroon. You have the qualities, but what is lacking is the pride of past generations of footballer”.
“That pride to reject defeat, and revolt against anything short of victory”.
The players are unanimous they qualify the team, “if we were not sure of our chances, we wouldn’t have turned out for this match”.