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Cameroon Lions hope to roar past Australia

Posted NDI EUGENE NDI in Yaoundé

on  Tuesday, June 20   2017 at  11:45

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has said he will work on his team’s frailties to put up a better performance in the next Confederations Cup game against Australia on Thursday.

The African champions suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Chile in their opening game in Moscow on Sunday.

“We have a young team and it needs to mature. We were also playing against a team ranked fourth in the world, 28 places above us, so there is a difference in quality and experience as well,” the Cameroon manager told the press after the match.

“We lacked a bit of awareness on Chile’s goals, but we will go step by step and improve gradually,” the Belgian soccer technician said further.

Was ruled out

The Indomitable Lions held Chile till the 82 minute when Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal got a breakthrough with a header, before Eduardo Vargas, whose blaze was ruled out by the video assistant in the first half, added a second in additional time after another video review.

The defeat of the African champions sparked debate amongst Cameroonian sports lovers and analysts back in Yaoundé.

Sports reporter and Managing Editor of the English language daily newspaper, The Guardian Post, Macdonald Ayang said despite falling to the Copa America champions, the Indomitable Lions “did not at all put forth a dismal performance”.

Below expectations

“Generally, they were impressive. They were resilient in midfield, threatening upfront but defence was below expectations. Goalkeeper Ondoa saved the side a great deal of embarrassment,” Ayang said.

Coach Broos’s side will play their second Group B match in Saint Petersburg.

Russia was announced as the hosts on December 2, 2010 after being awarded the 2018 Fifa World Cup final rights.

Six winners

It is the first time Russia were hosting the tournament, and the third time the Confederations Cup was held on the European continent.

The Confederations Cup matches are being played in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and Sochi.

Russia qualified automatically for the tournament as hosts to joined the six winners of the Fifa confederation championships and the 2014 World Cup winners Germany.