Head coach of Cameroon’s U-17, Bertin Ebewelle believes that the victory of Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at the recent Total African Cup of Nation can be a big motivation for his youngsters to excel here in Gabon yet again.
The Indomitable Lions against all odds won struck gold in January to win the country’s fifth title and Ebewelle, a member of the gallant Cameroonian side at the Italia’ 90 was of the view that the his young wards can equally go all the way.
“Obviously, the victory of the Indomitable Lions at the last CAN here in Gabon is a big motivation for us to also do well, noted the 55-year-old former defender with Tonerre Yaounde. Our fighting spirit was reawakened at the last CAN by the Indomitable Lions and we are going to draw a huge inspiration from that success.”
“Ebewelle described Gabon as a friendly county and was optimistic that luck will shine on his country again”
“Gabon is the country of luck for Cameroon because this was where our football was rejuvenated as African champions; as Lions, we have the fighting spirit and we have some players who distinguished themselves in the past with the national team helping these young boys.”
Cameroon last achieved success at the U-17 level at the 2003 edition held in Swaziland where they earn their first trophy courtesy of a solitary goal in extra time against Sierra Leone.
Samuel Fabian (Head Coach, Ghana)
We have been preparing since we qualified for this tournament and we are ready for the match against Cameroon tomorrow. We are going to play against the Baby Lions and not the Indomitable Lions tomorrow; so, revenge about what happened at the last CAN where Cameroon defeated Ghana does not come into play. This is a gathering of youths and we want to compete fairly but we are ready to do well here.
Najeeb Yakubu (Defender, Ghana)
We are here to win the trophy and qualify for the World Cup; we are fully ready and prepared to win starting with our first match against Cameroon on Sunday.
Bertin Ebewelle (Head Coach, Cameroon)
We have prepared for the tournament generally; and especially for the first game knowing well that Ghana is one of the best in African football. We come here to Port Gentil and we have two objectives. First, we want to qualify for the World Cup in India and then we can contend for the trophy. Ghana has rich qualities but we are here to give a good account of ourselves.
Stephane Zobo (Forward, Cameroon)
Tomorrow will be a start and we are looking forward to the match and we have presence of mind and we are ready mentally and physically for the match. I will do my best to score as many goal as possible as an attacker knowing that the jersey number 9 was won by many illustrious Cameroonian players in the past and as a team, we are going to do well.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football