Champion of the Indomitable Lions in 2017, absent through injury in 2019, Vincent Aboubacar should be the mainstay of Cameroon’s selection at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations at home. The captain, confirmed by coach Tony Conceicao, measures all the expectations of the Cameroonian fans. He and his colleagues plan to respond.
From our special correspondent in Yaounde,
It is back. Older – more experienced, more polite would say – but still number 10 in the back. And always ambitious. On February 5, 2017, Vincent Abou Bakr got rid of three Egyptian defenders before scoring Cameroon’s victory goal in the final Africa Cup of Nations against Egypt in Libreville, Gabon (2-1, with goals scored earlier by Mohamed Elneny and Nicolas Nkolo). Almost five years later, the striker will regret the brilliant continental championship.
Five years of interruption, including a year of postponement linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reason for the remaining absence is due to this major injury that occurred in September 2018. Then the FC Porto player, Vincent Aboubacar, suffered a complete rupture of the cruciate ligament of the left knee. It was almost 200 days before he found the reasons. Then Clarence Seedorf, the coach of Cameroon at the time, decided not to take him to Africa Cup of Nations 2019 in EgyptConsidering it very fair.
“Rejoice and give it to the Cameroonian people”
Tony Conceicao, who was appointed head of the Indomitable Lions after Seedorf’s departure, brought back Vincent Abubakar when physical problems left the scorer alone. It also gave him the captain’s armband for a long time. And Saturday January 8, on the eve of the opening of the 2022 African Cup of Nations against Burkina Faso, journalists are talking about a happy player with equal determination.
« We will wet the shirt as much as we can to enjoy it and give it to the Cameroonian people behind us The striker, who plays in Saudi Arabia, promised in Al-Nasr, since the summer of 2021, after two full seasons in Turkey in Besiktas (67 matches, 35 goals). ” We have a very united team. We are united ‘ sighed, the captain.
Proud to represent your country
The past few weeks have been marked by a greater than usual reluctance from European clubs to release their African players for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, particularly due to the health situation. Debate sweeps by Vincent Aboubacar, so happy to be able to (finally) play the second CAN in Cameroon after 1972: “ Thousands of people would like to be in our place. It’s a great honor to represent my country and wear the Cameroon shirt. »
In the face of Burkina Faso stallions facing a dilemma over several positive cases of Covid-19, Cameroon knows they are waiting with bated breath. ” We must give ourselves the means to compete very well The former Valencian and Lorient player warned. His colleagues would undoubtedly be able to count on his full motivation. Vincent Abubakar insisted: ” If you are hungry, if you like, if you are determined, the result will follow. The 2017 gold alternative knows what it’s talking about.