Eighteen players of the male cadet Indomitable Lions are expected to leave the country today for Gabon where they will on Sunday play against their Gabonese counterparts.
The match will be counting for the eliminatory phase of the 5th African games billed for Swaziland early next year. Sunday’s match will be the baptism of fire for the youngsters recently recruited into the team. Before the final selection of the top eighteen, over 30 players where called to camp at Akono on December 9, 2002 for pre-selection matches that culminated in the final selection. The players left their Akono hideout last Wednesday to Yaounde were final preparatory activities have been afoot ahead of the match on Sunday. Commenting on the team’s preparedness, trainer, Abe Anatole Christien expressed optimism. According to him, a collective play style has been injected into the team within the two weeks camping with much zeal and determination looming within the young squad. He intimated that although Sunday’s match will be the very first outing for most of the players, they will deliver the goods given the winning spirit that reigns in the team. At press time, officials of the squad were finalising preparations in order to leave Yaounde today. After Sunday’s match in Libreville, the barometer reading of the Cameroonian flag-bearers will be possible given their long period of recess.