By Angu Lesley
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Indomitable of Lions Cameroon and Besiktas forward Vincent Aboubakar has expressed his satisfaction about the inclusion of home-based players in Cameroon’s squad for Friday’s match-day five 2021 AFCON Qualifiers game against Blue Sharks of Cape Verde.
Speaking on Wednesday just before the Lions left Douala-Cameroon for Praia-Cape Verde, the 28-year old Lions skipper and lead scorer of the current generation lamented the absence of some players for varied reasons but was quick to point out his satisfaction about the coach’s decision to turn towards local professionals.
“We know what we have come to do here. Unfortunately with the COVID-19 situation, a lot of players are missing but thank God there are locals who are available and who will have to take on the role of other players. When you’re with the national team, the goal is to win and that’s what gets us here. We’re on a good run and it’s up to us to try to do well in the FIFA rankings. All games are important to us. If we want to prepare well for the future, we have to win the matches that will follow. We are very happy to be in the group. We are living our dream,” Aboubakar stated.
Talk about a boy leaving his dream, especially as a local then Aboubakar is an ideal example as not only did he get picked in the national team as a local, he made Cameroon’s squad for the 2010 FIFA world cup in South Africa while on the books of Cotonsport of Garoua.
25 boys retained by coach Antonio Conceição Da Silva Oliviera arrived the Nelson Mandela Praia international Airport at 6pm local time on Wednesday on board a chartered flight and immediately moved to their base in the coastal city where they had the routine Covid-19 test.
Indomitable of Lions Cameroon tested for Covid-19 in Praia
It is Cameroon’s third coming to the Islandic nation and of their previous stops in September 2008 and same month in 2012 the Lions won the first and lost the second game. The defeat in Cameroon’s last game in Praia is the only win for Cape Verde against Cameroon who can boast of three wins in five fixtures.
The team will hold a training at 3pm local time this Thursday at the Praia Stade Cabo Verde.
Indomitable Lions of Cameroon train in Japoma-Cameroon
The five times African champions travel to Praia needing just a point to secure qualification for the AFCON as they lead group F with 10 points while Cape Verde are third-seeded with four points in four games.
Friday’s game kicks off at 3pm local time with both national teams to be without their French-based players.
Cameroon needs a point from the fixture to reach another AFCON tournament though the five-times winners already secured qualification as host.
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