Indomitable Lions secure date with Germany


Cameroon’s 2-1 victory over Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final has set up a showdown with World Cup champions Germany in the Confederations Cup.

The 2017 Confederations Cup takes place in June in four cities across Russia, the 2018 World Cup hosting country.

The Indomitable Lions are in Group B where apart from Germany, they will also face Australia and Copa America winners Chile.

In Group A, Euro 2016 champions Portugal will take on hosts Russia, Gold Cup winners Mexico and OFC Nations Cup holders New Zealand.

Mexico are the only participant that has previously won the competition. The last three editions, 2005, 2009 and 2013, were all won by Brazil.

Cameroon’s win on Sunday night makes them the second most successful country on the continent with five AFCON titles. Beaten finalists Egypt lead the way with seven crowns.

A youthful Cameroon side had been underdogs for the tournament, but beat competition favourites Senegal and Ghana on the way to the final.

Speaking to FIFA after the win over the Pharaohs in Libreville, Ambroise Oyongo, the Indomitable Lions left-back, compared the camaraderie and unity in the team to that of Germany’s.

“I think our main strength is the mentality of the team. We are a group, and if everyone accepts what the coach says, we can do anything,” he said.

“We need to be together and we need to be focused. We don’t have big players in the team, but we have the mentality.

“If you look at Germany, they also do not have the best players, but when you see them play, you feel that it is a group, that it is a team. And that is why they are so successful.”