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President Paul Biya, of the Republic of Cameroon has called on Cameroonians of all works of life to throw their weight behind the Indomitable Lions during of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Côte D’Ivoire.
Cameroon’s number one sports man made the appeal on Sunday, December 31 as he delivered his traditional end of year speech weeks before the start of the 34th edition of the continental jamboree.
Addressing the nation about projects for the coming year, President Biya paid particular attention on the need to achieve success during the 24-nation tournament while emphasizing the players desire and hunger during matches must be at its apex.
“In a few weeks’ time, our dear Indomitable Lions will be taking part in the 34th edition of the African Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire. On behalf of all of you, I would like to offer them all our encouragement and ask them to defend, as in the past, their country’s flag with bravery and honour,” a portion of the head of state’s letter to the nation read.
President Biya’s love and passion for football can’t be overemphasized. His works for the development of the sports and results speaks volumes.
During his time in power, the Indomitable Lions have played in the final of seven AFCON tournaments and emerged champions on five occasions.
President Biya’s government has shown massive interest and invested fortunes in the sport to ensure the success of the national team for the football crazy people of Cameroon.
The Indomitable Lions are currently in Jeddah to finalize preparations for the AFCON finals that kick-off on January 13 to run till February 11.
Cameroon will open their group stage commitment on January 15, against 1976 runners-up Guinea, before facing holders Senegal on January 19 in a mouthwatering remake of the 2002 tournament final which Cameroon won in Bamako.
Rigobert Song’s team will cap their group stage task against The Gambia four days later in what will be a remake of the quarter-final meeting Cameroon won by 2-0 on home soil in 2021.
Anything short of a top four finish for the Rigobert Song-led Cameroon team will be a disaster especially as they have won the title and finished third in two of the last three editions of the African football frenzy.
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