- Geremi Njitap task Cameroon football officials to properly prepare indomitable Lions for AFCON 2023
- Geremi featured at multiple AFCON tournaments, of which he won two and knows the ingredients of success in the competition
- Per Geremi Eto’o dreams to win the tournament as an administrator
Former Indomitable Lions of Cameroon midfielder and full-back, Geremi Njitap Fotso Sorel says preparations for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be key as he expects his former colleagues Samuel Eto’o and Rigobert Song as Federation president and national team coach respectively to go all out.
Njitap made these comments while providing his assessment of Cameroon’s group C minutes after the AFCON 2023 draw process was completed at the “Parcs de expositions” on Thursday night in Abidjan.
The Cameroon national footballers syndicate who endured a fair share of strange preparations and build up to tournaments during his playing days didn’t bypass the chance of reminding stakeholders about the importance of a good preparation to the team.
“I wish there is a good preparation for the Indomitable Lions for the 2023 AFCON tournament,” Njitap echoed just outside the draw room.
I wouldn’t really call it the group of death because when you look at all the groups, they are all tough. Of course people will be looking out for Senegal and Cameroon. As a former footballer with lots of experience, I can say in this kind of competition, the key is the first match.
“For us Cameroon, our first match is against The Gambia so the manager should be working on that, then we move on to the next match. This is something I am saying based on experience. So Rigobert Song should start working on the game against The Gambia,” Njitap added.
The 44-year-old former Real Madrid and Chelsea defender who won two AFCON titles and skippered Cameroon to the Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medal knows a thing or so about winning. He further revealed Eto’o’s dream going into the tournament.
“Rigobert Song is building a good competitive team. As an official, the wish of Samuel Eto’o Fils is to win this competition,” the ex-Premier League star revealed.
Njitap and Eto’o won back-to-back AFCON tournaments in 2000 & 2002 which gives him the capacity to know and state the main ingredients of success in the tournament.
Geremi featured at seven AFCON tournaments and won 118 caps for Cameroon before dusting his cleats after the 2010 tournament in Angola. These days the FIFPro World vice president is giving his all to better the game through his role as football administrator.
Cameroon that finished third in the last tournament and counts five AFCON crowns will be based in Yamoussoukro. Coach Song’s team will face eternal rivals Senegal, Naby Keita’s Guinea and rising the Gambia in the group stage of the 34th edition of the AFCON. All four nations made it out of their group during the last tournament, with Senegal and Cameroon finishing as champions and bronze medalist respectively.
Two of the group C teams were at the recent FIFA Cup. Senegal reached the second round while Cameroon exited at the group stage.
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