Cameroonians resident in Senegal will be provided with free tickets and transportation to Dakar’s Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium to support the Indomitable Lions when they clash against the Lions of the Teranga in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, Cameroon Embassy officials said on Sunday.
About one thousand supporters of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will storm the Airport in Dakar on 24 March to welcome the team ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Senegal and are also expected to be at the stadium two days later, organisers of a supporters’ group said at a preparatory meeting held at the Cameroon Embassy.
“We have to welcome all the Indomitable Lions at the airport and we will have something like 10 buses rented for that and we have been told that the tickets (for the game) are free of charge to bring most of the Cameroonians to go and support the Lions,” said Ambroise Tama, a member of the organising committee of the supporters’ group.
Tension is mounting ahead of the Group E clash which Cameroon must not lose in order to maintain hope of qualifying to the AFCON to be co-hosted by its central African neighbours – Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
Cameroon’s Ambassador to Senegal, Jean Koe Ntonga cautioned Indomitable Lions fans to be fair play at all times, to respect Senegalese laws and regulations and not to be drawn into brawls with their hosts. He said the encounter was simply a game which is an opportunity to deepen friendly relations between both countries.
“The Senegalese authorities have assured us that all measures will be taken to protect the Lions and even the supporters of Cameroon,” the Ambassador said.
Cameroon currently lies second in the group with 4 points after 2 games while Senegal are on top with 6 points.
However, fans of the Indomitable Lions in Dakar say they expect their national football team to defeat the Teranga Lions of Senegal notwithstanding the offensive strength of their opponents.
“They (Senegalese) say we have only Eto’o while they have six strikers but we shall prove to them that they are kids,” Rodrigue Mbida, a Cameroonian student in Dakar, said at theEmbassy in Senegal.
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