Coach Yves Clement Arroga talking to the team in February 2020 in Congo

By Beng Emmanuel

Sports Writer,

Cameroon intermediate Lions head coach, Yves Clement Arroga is upbeat he will build a good squad and ensure that the Lions clinch their maiden African Nations Championship title when they host the tournament next year.

The competition reserved exclusively for home based players, was initially scheduled for April 2020, but later postponed by CAF after an Executive Committee meeting last month to January 2021 amid threats from the Corona virus pandemic.

Cameroon has participated at four CHAN finals and reached the quarterfinals twice in 2011 and 2016.
They are into their fourth participation in the competition.

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Coach Arroga told in an exclusive interview that, he is overly concerned of the task ahead, and is bent to bring in the best talents to assemble a title winning squad, to challenge the continent’s heavyweights for the priced trophy.

He also added, the chase for a maiden triumph won’t be affected by their situation as host nation and emphasize that the quest to satisfy their home based fans is a major priority.

“I know that Cameroon needs victory. So, I think, we must think about it and work very hard because Cameroon needs success”

“We will work very hard to try to keep the trophy home. There are no advantages and disadvantages playing in Cameroon. We are going to do our job, especially while playing in front of our fans”.

Arroga added: ” We must try to work harder to ensure that our people [Cameroonians] are happy with their team.”

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Cameroon’s intermediate Lions has witnessed an admirable renaissance since Arroga’s appointment as lead trainer. They’ve enjoyed collective success during several friendly games which has prompted many to suggest they will soar in next year’s event with a more convincing squad at their disposal.

Cameroon face group A rivals Zimbabwe in their opener. Burkina Faso and Mali complete the group of four.

The intermediate Lions have never won the tournament despite making it on three occasions to the final phase of the tournaments.

They could become only the second nation after holders Morocco, to host the event and emerge victorious on home soil.

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