- Hugo Broos lead Cameroon to its fifth continental trophy and first in 15 years in his AFCON debut in 2017
- Cameroon only won one group stage game and ended up as African champions
- Vincent Aboubakar won the game for Cameroon with last-ditch strike that ensured a 2-1 comeback win
Former Indomitable Lions of Cameroon midfielder, Arnaud Djoum Suitchine has revealed current Bafana Bafana lead trainer, Hugo Henri Broos was the architect of Cameroon’s shock 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) win.
In a recent interview, this Wednesday, February 8, the former Dundee United and Hearts midfield metronome said the half-time team talk from the experience Belgian tactician changed the state of the game and paved the way for one of the most shocking feats in the tournament’s history.
“It is obvious the 2017 AFCON is the best memory of my playing career,” Djoum stated during the conversation.
“Hugo Broos turned around the match against Mohamed Salah’s Egypt in the final. He made us understand that this was undoubtedly the chance of a lifetime. Incredible memories that cannot erase from my memory.”
Cameroon that had eliminated Senegal and Ghana in the quarter and semi-final respectively trailed to Egypt in the exciting final through a first-half goal from Mohamed Elneny, but second-half goals from substitutes Nicolas Julio Nkoulou and Vincent Aboubakar turned things around to ensure a fifth Cameroonian triumph in the AFCON final.
Per Djoum, the Cameroon story could have been different if not for the presence of the former KV Ostende coach.
“Without Hugo Broos, this would probably never have been possible,” Djoum concluded.
Broos’ boys left Cameroon unannounced after their camp in Malabo and the friendly against DR Congo in Yaoundé before flying to Gabon to complete what some pundits termed ‘Cameroon’s miracle of Gabon’.
Djoum went on to feature at three AFCON tournaments and the FIFA Confederations Cup plus played for ten clubs but to him none came close the moment in Gabon.
To confirm the feat Broos achieved wasn’t a fluke, the former Belgian defender has guided an unfancied Bafana Bafana of South Africa to the semi-final of the 2023 AFCON tournament currently happening in Côte D’Ivoire.
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