By Beng Emmanuel
Sports Writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
2017 African Cup of Nations winner, Robert Ndip Tambe has told this Pan-African Sports News Agency that, Cameroon has ‘everything it takes’ to emerge victorious when they host the continent’s most celebrated football event next year.
Ndip Tambe played four times for Cameroon during in 2017 including the final against Egypt as the lions came from a goal down to clinch their fifth continental title.
The Limbe-born forward once of Spartak Trnava and Sheriff Tiraspol amongst others has told Kick442.com the Central African Nation is gifted with ‘good’ footballers determined to give everything for the national team and capable of demonstrating great accuracy in an AFCON tournament.
“We are a great nation, if not the best, one of the best in the history of African football. We have good footballers with qualities in top teams in Europe, Asia and other parts of the World,” the one-time Spartak Trnava forward told kick442.com.
Though Cameroon is not as gifted in personnel today like it was the case in the early 2000s, they still have a handful of top notch guys in some good Clubs across the board. It is on evidence of this that Tambe believes there is sufficient “fuel” in the tank, and the Lions will reach their long awaited destination in the presence of their people.
“So, for sure I know we have everything it takes to win. Don’t forget the competition takes place in Cameroon. We will have the fans backing us” Tambe told kick442.com.
Ndip Tambe made his debut with Cameroon in 2016. He has a brief stint with the men’s senior national team with 10 appearances. He certainly understands international football and its ingredients for success.
Cameroon were once host of the AFCON over 40 years ago, but were knocked out in the semi final of that famous 1972 competition. A win at home will be the first in history and the sixth continental crown so far.
These days Tambe is in China on the books of Shaanxi Chang’an Athletic Football Club.
He has joined the likes of John Mary, and Christian Bassogog who equally believes the Lions emerged victorious ahead of continental heavyweights on home soil next year or whenever the next AFCON is played.
Cameroon is poised to host the African Cup of Nations for the first time in 48 years.
The 24-nations tournament is scheduled for January-February 2021 though there is a likelihood that it may be postponed as qualifiers matches have been called off since the outbreak of the CoronaVirus pandemic.
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