By Beng Emmanuel
Sports Writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
Cameroon’s Olympic Game gold medalist, Nicolas Alnoudji is convinced the Lions can make a triumphant comeback at the multi-sport event after being absent on three successive occasions.
The 40-year-old former midfielder was part of Cameroon’s men’s football team who won the nation’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in 2000 after a remarkable comeback to beat Spain.
Nicolas Anouldji scored the opener for Cameroon against Kuwait in a 3-2 win. The Lions went to stun the United States of America, Brazil and Chile en route to the final with were they emerged victoriously.
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After that remarkable success, the Olympic lions struggled to achieve a glorified campaign in Beijing in 2008. They edged Honduras and drew against South Korea and Italy but lost to Brazil in the quarterfinals after extra time at Shenyang. Cameroon has also failed to reach the final phase of the competition on three successive occasions (2012, 2016, and 2020). Their last appearances were in 2000 when they won under Jean-Paul Akono.
However, the quadragenarian believes much work has to be done to help to build up a winning squad.
‘We have to work hard and prepare a team for this competition. When we were on the pitch, we worked hard. We really worked hard to get where we desired and won the Olympic gold medal. It was not easy. At the beginning, nobody could imagine. It was complicated” Alnoudji told Kick442.com in an interview.
“But with the work that we had to do, players who weren’t included largely contributed to help us win this medal. And we were fortunate to have a coach like Jean-Paul Akono and his assistants who did not joke with the training. I can assure you we worked hard. We really worked hard.”
“We must continue to work. We have to come up with a good team”
Nicolas Anouldji played for Cameroon between 2000 to 2002. He has ragged over 17 appearances for the Lions.
He was also part of the Cameroon team who won the 2002 African Cup of Nations.
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