Cameroon’s under-17 national football team has been humbled out of contention for a place in the next round of the African Championships holding in Algeria. 

Cub Lions listening to Coach (picture:fecafootonline)

Cub Lions listening to Coach (picture:fecafootonline)

The cubs suffered their second defeat in as many games on Sunday 22 March – beaten 2-O by the young scorpions of the Gambia. The goals were scored by Turay and Camara at the 21st and 75th minute of the encounter respectively.

The cub Lions looked out of breathe for most of the game and hadn’t the neccessary mental strength to overcome the goal they conceded mid-way into the first half. I saw the team fumble its football in-front of the Gambians who are one-foot into the semis. They thus confirm the improvement in Gambian youth football that had already displayed growth when they organised and won the trophy a few years back.

The plight of youth football in Cameroon shall come into sharp focus again after this other dismal performance at international level. The only time Cameroon has lifted the U-17 African championships was in  2003 with a team featuring Alexandre Song and Leandry Nguemo who have since gone through the ranks (U-20s and U-23s) and get called up for the senior Indomitable Lions.  

Cameroon play Guinea in the final group game mainly to respect the fixture list.