Friday, May 31, 2019

Indomitable Lions: when will a new African gold ball?

Can we hope to soon see an indomitable lion win the continental crown? We have the right to wonder because previous generations have accustomed the Cameroonian sports public to the leading roles on the continent to the point that today, Cameroonians are somewhat distraught to have to contemplate the stars of other countries receive all the honors.

And while we're talking about it, we just remember that the last time Cameroon came on the podium was in 2010. Samuel Eto'o closed at this time a series of victories in an overheated and rhythmic atmosphere during almost a decade during which he and the Ivorian Didier Drogba, interspersed by Emmanuel Adebayor and Frederik Kanouté, reigned over African football in the image of the duo and duel Ronaldo / Messi today on the planet.

Since then, some indomitable lions have come closer to the coronation, two to be exact but without ever losing it. These are Stephane Mbia Etoundi and Vincent Aboubakar recently all at the foot of the podium.

Clearly, it is exactly 9 years since the trophy of the African gold ball did not return to Cameroon. And when we look at the potential of the players that make up the current national team, it is obvious that it is not the Toko Ekambi, Stéphane Bahoken, Choupo-moting and companies that will be able to turn things around by winning the ball. Or, not even in 2 years or even 5 years to come, if we refer to the performance of monsters such Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah ... Bulldozers that reduce to nothing the likely chances Cameroonian hope for this distinction.

Remains to hope and hope that the generation of Steve Mvoue is killed at work to allow the Cameroonian sports public to maintain the hope of succeeding the great 9 Samuel Eto'o, like him to Patrick Mboma.