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We’ll play for pride in Yaounde -Broos

*Eagles were better in the Uyo tie

Cameroon coach, Hugo Broos, following the 4-0 spanking of his team in Uyo against the host, Super Eagles, in their World Cup qualifier, the Belgian born coach claimed that Victor Moses’ goal early in the second half killed off the Indomitable Lions fighting spirits.

Broos admitted that Cameroon’s World Cup qualification hopes have been dashed. “We started the second half and after 15 minutes we conceded the third goal, we were not a team anymore, everyone was down. We did not have the power anymore to fight and therefore we didn’t have any chances, even we didn’t play a good attack,” said Broos who guided the Indomitable Lions to their 5th AFCON win in Gabon earlier in the year.

Broos admitted that he could lose his job, but he was ready to move on. “I am not afraid of  a sack and I don’t think about that. Football is the same for a coach. Today they hail you; tomorrow they kill you – so no big difference with me. So I am not afraid even if we don’t make it to the Fifa World Cup.”

Cameroons coach Hugo Broos
Cameroons coach Hugo Broos

The coach said Nigerian players were better. “They were better, faster and more determined. They deserved their victory,”

Coach Broos said he was not under any pressure because the battle has been lost and he conceded that Nigeria deserved the leadership of the group. “We came up strongly in the first 20 minutes and the Eagles were able to contain us. They scored two goals in the first half and when after another strong start in the second half, they scored their third goal, we were disorganised and lost the fighting power.”

Hugo Broos, the head coach falsely rumoured to have quit in the aftermath of Friday’s defeat, took charge of training at the Stade Omnisport Ahmadou Ahidjo main pitch on Saturday. The same pitch will host the match from 7pm.

The Lions trained behind closed doors, restricting access to media, for about one hour 45 minutes under very cold conditions. Temperatures were as low as 20 degrees Celsius with light but bitingly cold rain falling all through the period of training.

The training session started around 5pm and ended before 7pm.

Understandably, Yaounde fans were not waiting outside the gates to catch a glimpse of the players after training.

Before Friday’s defeat in Uyo, Lions fans here were enthusiastic about their team, waiting for them at the stadium gates as they trained and cheering as the team bus passed.

On Saturday, the fans, disappointed in the Uyo result and resigned to the reality that their team would most likely miss the World Cup, ignored the training session. The conditions did not help too, as people sought warmth from the freezing conditions.

The Lions will train again on Sunday with access still likely to be restricted.

Nigeria lead Group B with nine points from three matches, with Zambia second on four points. Cameroon have just two points, while Algeria have one. All the teams have played three matches each.

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