Saturday, 5 November 2016

Hugo Broos insists on Moukandjo becoming new captain

Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos has maintained that Benjamin Moukandjo will captain the Indomitable Lions ahead of their Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Limbe on November 12. The Belgian tactician has continued to go against the Government’s choice of veteran Stephen Mbia and opted for Moukandjo who has worn the captain’s armband since the Afcon 2017 qualifier against Gambia on September 3.
Mbia was named Cameroon captain in August 2014 by former Minister of Sports Adoum Garoua but since appointing Moukandjo, Broos is contented with the leadership of the FC Lorient forward.

“I gave a try with Benjamin Moukandjo and I think for now I am satisfied. So for now the captain of the Lions is Moukandjo. He talks well and is well behaved with his team mates,” explained Broos on Wednesday when he named the squad to face the Chipolopolo in a must win tie at home.

Broos has summoned Adolphe Teikeu who has recovered from a thigh injury that took him out for the last two months and has replaced Frank Kom of Karlsruher in Germany.

With one point from their first tie against Algeria in Algiers last month following Moukandjo’s equalizer to cancel out El Arabi Hillel Soudani’s opener, Cameroon face yet another test in their home tie looking to pick all three points against the desperate Chipolopolo in the group of death – Group B that also has Nigeria who won their opener against Zambia 2-1 in Ndola.

“I have made my choice. It is the best of our players now and if I have not selected old players like Mbia and Eyong it is because I made my choice,” he added.

Mbia, who took over captaincy from Samuel Etoo after the Fifa 2014 World Cup in Brazil, made his senior national team debut in 2005 and has played at the Fifa World Cup twice, Afcon 2008 in Ghana and 2010 in Angola as well as at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Broos has made it clear that qualifying for the Fifa World Cup in Russia is top of his priority list and winning against Zambia will further motivate his side to attain this objective.

Cameroon squad:

Goalkeepers: Fabrice Ondoa, Andre Onana, Guy Roland Ndy Assembe

Defenders: Adolphe Teikeu, Nicolas Nkoulou, Henry Bedimo, Allan Nyom, Aurelien Chedjou, Ambroise Oyongo, Collins Fai, Michael Ngadeu, Mohamed Djettei, Adolphe Teikeu

Midfielders: Sebastien Siani, Armand Djoum, Georges Mandjeck

Attackers: Clinton Njie, Edgar Salli, Karl Toko Ekambi, Anatole Abang, Jacques Zoua, Choupo Moting, Vincent Aboubakar, Benjamin Moukandjo, Robert Ndip

Source: Supersport

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