Cameroonian football will not be represented at the 2018 World Cup, held from June 14 to July 15 in Russia. A huge sense of disappointment dominates.

It is unworthy of the Indomitable Lions who have the greatest number of participation of the African continent. But it was predictable as Coach Hugo Broos and his men have disappointed much throughout the qualifying course.

Less solid defensively, not very effective before, often rough in the game, the Lions showed many deficiencies that must be erased before the next deadlines.

As the champion of Africa, Cameroon should logically be part of the list of five selections that will represent the continent in Russia in 2018. That would have been the logical and straight extension of her final victory at the AFCON 2017 in Gabon. But the Indomitable Lions could not defend their status.

It is therefore at home that they will probably live with much regret the biggest competition on the chessboard of the round ball. A victory, four draws and one defeat, such is their record in this qualifying campaign, a poor record that results from a series of disappointing performances.

It is by deploying any game that the Lions won the AFCON but they were at least welded and very strong defensively. Offensively, they have shown certain efficiency.

All these qualities that made their strength on the Gabonese lawns went bankrupt without anyone really being able to explain it. We would have expected Cameroon to come out of this tournament, to have a more fluid and consistent game, but it was even more soporific and inconsistent than in the past.

All these inadequacies give the impression that we will have to start from scratch. All these shortcomings will have to allow the national team to set off again on the path of the next deadlines, including the AFCON 2019 that will take place at home, and with high ambitions.

To achieve this, should a change of coach be made? The probability of answering in the affirmative is great because during the 22 months she spent on the bench of the national team, Broos really did not print his mark.

Cameroon’s game lacks content since his arrival and nothing is done to improve it. The failures always gives the impression of sailing on sight by changing players and tactical diagrams repeatedly.

These difficulties give the feeling that he is not up to the task and raise questions around the Lions’ lack of identity. We must enter a new era with a new coach. The new boss of the bench of Lions should tackle these problems that have resisted Broos without necessarily rebuilding the group.

Some elders who are already dragging their feet must release the floor, the relationship between managers and young people must be balanced and tactical, it should start on a good diagram and a new philosophy of play. Good job!

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