The Under 17 Lions of Cameroon will face-off two-time champions, Mali on Thursday, May 4, 2023 in their first encounter at the ongoing #TotalEnergiesAFCONU17 in Annaba, Algeria. Team Cameroon was scheduled to throw weights with South Sudan but the later was disqualified earlier because a majority of the players failed the age test dubbed MRS test.
Cameroon is paired alongside two West African sides; Mali and Burkina Faso in Group C of the continental championship
As it stands, Group C exceptionally plays hosts to three and not four teams as initially planned.
Team Cameroon and fans upbeat for a win
Fans of the baby lions of Cameroon expect nothing but a victory when Cameroon hold hands with Mali in their debut game at the U-17 AFCON. The players on their part have expressed the determination to record a victory and keep their dreams at the continental jamboree afloat.
The boys of Coach Serge Mimpo into the competition with much to achieve and give Cameroonian reason to dream at a time when national selections have had decimal performances in continental and international competitions. Infact, after failing at the CHAN 2020 still in Algeria and the Women’s National team disqualified from the 2024 FIFA World Cup amongst many others, Cameroonians are highly expectant.
Team Cameroon has been devising best winning strategies and multiplying their chances.The technical bench has reinforced the training sessions ahead of the clash.
Reconnaissance trainings and a warm-up match at the annex of the Annaba Omnisports Stadium was aimed at putting the U17 lions in the mindset of a very competitive tournament.
Football tactician,Serge Mimpo laid emphasis on some key tactics that will improve on the performance of the lions when they final face-off Mali come May 4. He thinks the boys are in positive spirits and in good form to battle it out in Algeria
Team captain, Sony Evina speaking to the press expressed determination amongst the squad to win the competition and make yet another history for team Cameroon in African football
The team’s marksman, added that the conviviality and team spirit keeps them alive and expectant.
Edang Muabe, defender for the squad reiterated their zeal to retain the trophy of the competition.
Cameroon’s first group outing is billed for Thursday, May 4 at the Annaba Omnisports Stadium also known as the May 19, 1956 stadium at 8 pm local time.
Bruno Ndonwie Funwie, Algeria