By Beng Emmanuel
Sports Writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
2017 African Cup of Nations winner, Christian Mougang Bassogog has told the kick442.com team Cameroon can clinch her sixth continental title when they host the continent’s most celebrated football event next-year at home soil.
The Henan Jianye star forward who burst into the spotlight while steering the Lions to victory in 2017 is upbeat they have what it takes to soar at next year’s event, but adds they must adequately prepare to fire the team to triumph.
“Honestly, Cameroon is well-placed to win this AFCON, firstly because it’s at home ground. We are aware it’s a trophy that has to stay at home. In addition, if we don’t win, it’s going to take a toll on us and…in the international scene.
It’s up to us to work very hard to ensure this trophy is won at home”.
The indomitable Lions beat arch rivals Egypt in 2017 to become the second most successful nation in Africa with five (5) AFCON titles. However, they failed to reproduce their terrific form two years later and missed the chance to achieve back-to-back titles like in 2000/2002.
Cameroon is poised to host her first AFCON in 48 years after 1972. The Central African nation is bracing up to become the first host nation after Egypt in 2006 to emerge champions before their home crowd.
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In 1972, the five-times African champions hosted the AFCON but finished third placed after semi-final defeat to eventual winners Congo.
It’s over four decades since the West African nation has waited to amend their 1972 campaign.
Bassogog was among the squad in 2017 that handed Cameroon their first continental title in 15 years.
The technical excellent left-footed versatile player had a stellar AFCON in Gabon scoring once en route to their victory.
He was named player of the competition and featured on the CAF team of the tournament.
Bassogog scored eight (8) goals and assisted six (6) times for his club last season. He has made 18 appearances for Cameroon netting trice.
His call prediction is certainly one Cameroonians will enjoy hearing, though hosting and winning the tournament is a daunting task.
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