The dust is yet to settle after Cameroon’s dismal performance against the Comoros Island in Moroni. After the 1-1 all parity, Cameroonians have expressed mixed feelings on the potency of the Indomitable Lions head coach, Clarence Seedorf in achieving the back to back victory like in 2000 and 2002 in the upcoming 2019 AFCON football jamboree to be hosted by Cameroon.
The encounter which started at 1:00 pm, Saturday September 8, 2018, saw an underrated side Comoros Island leading the Indomitable Lions by one goal to zero at the 14 minutes of play and an equalizer from the Indomitable Lions only came at the 79 minutes of the game.
The Five-time African champions could only settle for a draw with a team, Comoros whose football association was formed in 1979, admitted into the Confederation of African Football, CAF, in 2003, and became a FIFA member in 2005.
Comoros played their first matches in the 1979 Indian Ocean Island Games. Those were the only games they played until qualification for the 2009 Arab Nations Cup. The two matches were their first in a FIFA recognized Competition. They matches included a 4–2 victory over Djibouti, which is considered the largest win in the country’s history.
In 2007, the Comoros Island played the qualification for the World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations for the 2010 tournaments, but lost in the preliminary round 2–10 on aggregate to Madagascar.
With such a low profile and exposure of the Comoros Football Association, many Cameroonians expected the champions of the 2017 AFCON games to quickly crush the underdogs.
Immediately after the encounter The National Times team sampled the opinions of football fans in the Buea Municipality with regards to the football match.
“To be honest with you, I feel disappointed with the outcome of the match. I saw no seriousness in the team and if they continue like this we cannot win the upcoming 2019 AFCON games”, Hilary Afuah, said.
“I was hoping to see a mature playing style from the Indomitable Lions given the quality and expertise of Coach Seedorf, but I could not see that. I stop watching the match when the Comoros team scored in the 14 minutes. I was frustrated”, Robert Enow stated.
“Even though I was disappointed with the Lions, I think the head coach needs more time to familiarise himself with both the old and new players. He is a good coach base on his experience in football,” Eyah Solange, Checkpoint.
“I will say the Lions tried given the fact that they played away. Though there were few lapses, I enjoyed their playing style. I must commend that Seedorf is a good coach”, John Mua admitted.
“The African champions didn’t defend their mettle, conceding so cheaply from a little known Comoros. The fact that the Indomitable Lions settled for a 1-1 draw is clear proof that mediocrity is still the order of the day despite inputs from three different managers in five years,” Isifu Wirfengla, said.
In an interview granted to the press, Clarence Seedorf said he is not disappointed with the outcome of the match.
“I am not disappointed because the team has given everything they have. It was very difficult conditions of course. The difference in being used to play on this pitch was obvious. But the team spirit was there.
Their fighting spirit till the end was testament that they were trying to win the match. I don’t think that any team will come here and have an easy day. So in that sense I think I am not disappointed actually. I am happy with the spirit we have shown.
Then we will play better in the other matches maybe and hopefully. I think the second half was better. We had more patience, we played the ball round. In the first half you saw what happened. They were very reactive and they scored of course; a goal which changed everything.
But the week was really positive, the professionalism of the players, their commitment the determination and the will to start understanding what they want. We have only worked together for two days with the whole team. A lot of players played even on Monday and that of course was not easy. But we are enthusiastic. We have now got to know the players better, and the players know us better,” Seedorf averred.
From the reactions of Cameroonians, it is evident that the match was disappointing, but Cameroonians are unanimous that the new Coach needs time to stamp his mark.