- Zambo Anguissa has opened up about the challenges he faces in balancing his club and country duties.
- The Napoli midfielder, who has been in stellar form for his Italian side, has often faced criticism for his performance in the national team.
- The 28-year-old highlights time as the major reason behind this difference
Napoli’s key midfielder Zambo Anguissa has often received backlash from the Cameroon public over his performance with the Indomitable Lions,which is not as impressive as his club form.
In the pre-match press conference held ahead of their world cup qualifiers against Mauritius, The 28-year-old decided to address this as a reply to the question posed by a journalist.
Zambo Anguissa explained why he cannot replicate his club form in the national team.
He said: “You don’t understand why the Zambo Anguissa in Napoli is different from the Zambo Anguissa in Cameroon. I have so many reasons to give to justify that the performance I have at club level, I can’t have them here.”
He cited the lack of time and continuity as the main factors that affect his performance in the national team.
He continued : “Tactically, the fact that we don’t get enough time to work when we come for international duties means we have to adapt. I have teammates that play in a certain way, with different tactics at the club, when I get to the national team, it’s not the same thing. At the club level, I see them everyday, we train everyday, we can feel each other with our eyes closed. It’s much easier. In the national team it’s different, we don’t have enough time and we have to adapt. Today you play with one person, tomorrow you might play with another. The system will sometimes change and football is not the same here as it is in Europe.”
He also hinted that the condition of the pitch , and the difference between football in Cameroon and Europe also has a role to play.
“On these bases, you can’t have the same Zambo. It will never be the same Zambo, tactically, technically it will never be the same. It’s not the same pitch, not the same conditions.”
However, Zambo Anguissa insisted that he always gives his 100% for his country and does not care about personal glory.
“I am not here to become the hero. I have a role to play and I give my best. All I know is I am the Zambo who gives 100% of himself. When I leave a game knowing I gave my all, I leave without regrets. There are days where I will not be good, days where I will be average, the most important is for us to work as a team. We are playing for Cameroon and we want Cameroon to win. I don’t care about those scoring, those playing well, if Zambo was a failure and Cameroon won, Zambo is happy. If Zambo was good and Cameroon did not win, I am not happy.”
Zambo Anguissa also revealed that he is a closed person and does not pay attention to what people say about him.
He defended himself: “I am a closed person, people don’t know that, people say a lot of things concerning me because they don’t know who I am. Just understand that Zambo is someone who gives 100% of himself.”
Anguissa will lead Cameroon in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, where they will face Mauritius, Cape Verde, Angola, Libya and Eswatini in Group D. He will hope to guide his country to their ninth World Cup appearance in the absence of Vincent Aboubakar and other key players.
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