Moukandjo: World Cup is ‘buried’ for Cameroon
Cameroon forward Benjamin Moukandjo has disclosed that team work has been Cameroon’s secret during the 2015 Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea qualifiers.
After an abysmal performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it looks like the Indomitable Lions are back to their glory days again. During the 2015 AFCON qualifiers, they won four out of the six matches they played and drew two.
This is therefore an exciting feat achieved by a team that lost all their three games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup some months ago, not forgetting how the players fought among themselves and misbehaved.
Moukandjo also accepted that they failed to qualify for 2012 and 2013 AFCON respectively, therefore the team need to heed coach Volker Finke’s advice to succeed.
“We do have a very good team but no superstars. We play together as a team which is our biggest strength,” the 26-year-old told BBC Sport.
“If we continue with this spirit and do what the manager expects, we can do something big for our country,” he added.
“It is true we did not qualify for the 2012 and 2013 tournaments so we travel to the tournament with ambition. We have enough time to prepare.”
The Reims forward claimed that the team has put behind them, their World Cup awful incidents. And have learnt their lessons well.
“The World Cup is buried and completely in the past, the team showed that in qualification,” the former Monaco player said.
“We picked valuable lessons in Brazil that will help push our national team positively in future tournaments.”
Cameroon has been placed in Group D alongside Ivory Coast, Guinea and Mali. They are tagged as favorites for next year’s tournament after an thrilling qualifying campaign. The Indomitable Lions have won the competition four times.