Cameroon coach Rigobert Song has explained why his national team doesn’t fear Guinea heading into their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) fixture in Yamoussoukro on Monday.
In the history of the competition, the Indomitable Lions are yet to beat Guinea in the AFCON, having met twice in the group stages. In the first meeting in 1998, the game ended in a 2-2 draw while in the second meeting in 2015, they battled to a 1-1 draw.
It is against this backdrop that Song was asked if they fear facing the side they are yet to beat in the competition. The former Indomitable Lions player responded: “We have no fear but we respect all our opponents. If Cameroon has not yet won against Guinea, nothing lasts forever,” adding: “Past years are not today, we are here to win and maybe tomorrow [Monday] things will go well. The objectives are to go as far as possible and why not repeat the history of 1984. We did not come to be tourists and I have confidence in my players.”
On how Cameroon are prepared for the opener and the tournament, Song said: “We arrive with a lot of determination, it’s a very good team when we talk about football, on the pitch, we will try to put ourselves in good conditions.
“We were champions in 1984 and the trophy was given to us by the Head of State (Houphouet Boigny). I can confirm to you that I already have a typical team and I already know what game system I will approach. We are ready for the meeting against Guinea.”
On what he knows about Guinea, he said: “Guinea is a very good team. There are negative and positive things too. If they are here today, it is because they deserve it. On the ground it will be something else, we will try to put all the chances on our side to win the game.”