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Which Lions Against Togo ?
The moral of the team is put to question following the imbroglio between the coach and football authorities.
The national football team, the Indomitable Lions will resume action tomorrow, after three months of inactivity, when they face the Eagles of Togo in Lome for a friendly encounter during the second FIFA period for the year reserved for friendly matches. Though Cameroon beat Togo 3-0 during the last African Cup of Nations in Egypt, repeating this exploit is not a foregone conclusion given that so much water has flown beneath the bridge ever since this encounter took place.
Togo left the African Cup of Nations to play the World Cup in Germany and must have gathered experience from the expedition. Cameroon, on her part, though having won convincing victories against Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea by an identical score of 3-0, in the eliminatory round of the African Cup of Nations in Ghana 2008, the atmosphere within the squad is far from being serene
following the imbroglio between the head coach, Arie Haan and football authorities in Cameroon.
The idea of the match was rejected by the Dutchman who felt players won’t be able to rejoin their clubs in time after the encounter. The coach whose job is now in the balance, had preferred a high profile match against Cote d’Ivoire in France or a French selection. However, FECAFOOT officials preferred the match with Togo, which they say is going to give some money to the federation which is in financial difficulties. The match is said to fetch Cameroon some 33million francs, 50 percent of which will go to the players and 40 percent to the federation to compensate travelling expenses.
With the conflict now open between Arie Haan and FECAFOOT authorities, the moral of the team is put to question when they meet in Lome-Togo. That is, if Arie Haan finally makes the trip to Togo. the Lions were to camp on Monday in France before the onward journey to Togo yesterday.