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AFCON 2017: Cameroon Coach Broos Relishes AFCON Progress, Focuses On Beating Senegal  

AFCON 2017: Cameroon Coach Broos Relishes AFCON Progress, Focuses On Beating Senegal  

Cameroon’s Belgian coach, Hugo Broos, says his side is fully focused on their quarter-final clash with the Teranga Lions of Senegal at the ongoing 2017 African Cup of Nations.

 

The Indomitable Lions advanced to the next round of the competition earning two draws and a win in the group stage, results which saw them finish second in Group A.

 

Senegal won all three games to finish top of Group B.

 

Broos reveals that despite their shaky start. he never had doubt about the ability of his players.

 

"We’re now into the knockout stages of the competition where teams don’t have to think about points totals anymore and matches tend to be much more open," Broos told FIFA.com.

 

"It’s therefore quite hard to predict a winner. Senegal have played really well so far and even thrilled their fans at certain points. We’re going to prepare as best we can so that we can reach the semi-finals.

 

"I’m very happy with what we’ve achieved so far at the Cup of Nations, as our group-stage matches were tricky

 

"When you look at teams like Côte d'Ivoire, Algeria and Gabon going out, you have to be pretty satisfied with how we’ve done."

 

He also praised his goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa for his heroics in their final group game against Gabon.

 

"I never had any doubt about our ability to qualify for the quarters, but when the ball hits the post like that, anything can happen," explained the 64-year-old.

 

"Our keeper (Ondoa) then saved us again. We were lucky not to concede a goal, and that would have been us out. Generally speaking, though, we created a good few chances in the match and we deserved to qualify after the way we performed in all three games."

 

Broos who introduced new new players to rejig the squad did not hide his desire for his team to triumph in Gabon and then go on to play at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia in June.

 

"When I arrived, I brought in some new players, as ten had just left the squad,” said the Belgian tactician.

 

"I looked for new players in the domestic league and all across Europe. I set some internal rules and disciplinary guidelines. We changed their mentality – the players are now highly motivated and proud to represent their country." 

 

"We now have a solid group that works and acts as a team, and that’s had a positive impact on our results."

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