Cameroon coach Hugo Broos heaps praise on Zambian side – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 15:00

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has heaped praise on the current Chipolopolo squad, saying they will be a force to reckon with in the near future.

Broos’ led his side to a 2-2 draw in Ndola on Saturday as they came from behind twice to secure a point in Group B.


“Zambia has made big progression. When I compare the game in Limbi, one year ago and I see how they played the qualification for the World Cup and how they played today against us,” the Belgian said.

“This is a young team with much talent. If they progress more they will become a very good team.”

The reigning African champions finished third in their qualifying group from one win, four draws and one loss – they have failed to qualify for the World Cup.

On the other hand, Zambia recorded two wins, two draws and as many defeats to finish runners up in the qualifiers.

In the group, it was Nigeria’s Super Eagles that qualified for the highly anticipated World Cup next year in Russia.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Christian Bassogog – Hugo Broos to build Lions team around Cameroon star? – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

epa06049960 Christian Bassogog (R) of Cameroon and Antonio Ruediger of Germany in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Germany and Cameroon at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, 25 June 2017. EPA/ARMANDO BABANI

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 19:00

Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos has called for patience from the country’s fans ahead of their final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia.

The Belgian tactician included Bassogog in the squad which will take on Chipolopolo at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Saturday.

Bassogog, who inspired the Indomitable Lions to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title, has been ineffective during Cameroon’s disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign.

However, Broos has kept his faith in the 2017 AFCON Player of the Tournament as Cameroon look to defend their title in 2019 on home soil after failing to qualify for the next World Cup.

“Here in this country you don’t know the word patience,” Broos said on BBC.

“And if you want to build a good team you need to have patience,

“Accept that some games you will lose – because otherwise you will never know if that player or that way of playing is good.”

Bassogog, who was one of Henan Jianye’s star players during the 2017 Chinese Super League, definitely looks to be the future of the Indomitable Lions.

Broos is expected to build a another formidable team that can defend the AFCON title and also qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals.

Bassogog, 22, is the kind of player Broos is likely to build the Cameroon team around ahead of the next continental tournament.

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The end of the road for Hugo Broos? – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Nov 02, 2017. 15:30

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos is highly unlikely to have the chance to defend the Africa Cup of Nations title in 2019.

Camfoot reports that the Belgian tactician, who guided the Indomitable Lions to glory in the AFCON earlier this year, will not receive an extension to his current contract which runs to February 2018.

Following Cameroon’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, it was suggested that Broos would have been shown the door already were it not for a committee organised by the Cameroon Football Federation.

“If he had not been sacked since the defeat against Nigeria in the qualifying phase of the 2018 World Cup, it’s because a standardisation committee was set up at the Cameroon Football Federation. Otherwise, he would have gone since,” Camfoot quotes an anonymous source.

With Broos set to be released in February next year, Cameroon’s final 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Zambia later this month will likely be the 65-year-old’s last match in charge of the Indomitable Lions.

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This Algerian team has no soul – Hugo Broos – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Algeria’s Ghezzal Rachid fights for the ball against Zambia defender Ziyo Tembo during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Zambia vs Algeria on September,2nd 2017 at National Heroes stadium,Lusaka in Zambia
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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 09, 2017. 11:00

After seeing his side claim a win over Algeria on Saturday, Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has accused the North African team of having “no soul”.

The Indomitable Lions triumphed 2-0 in the teams’ 2018 World Cup qualifier in Yaounde, with Clinton N’Jie and Franck Pangop scoring the goals.

The match may have been a dead rubber, but it was still a body blow to Algeria, who have now lost four successive matches in Group B and will finish bottom of the standings regardless of their result in the final match at home to Nigeria next month.

The result piles further pressure on beleaguered coach Lucas Alcaraz, though Broos argues that the fault lies with the players and not the team management.

“I saw an Algerian team that has many qualities but who has no soul. There is no soul in this Algerian team,” explained Broos, as quoted by Le Buteur.

“When you compare that with Cameroon, I think the difference was blatant. We fought on every ball, even in the difficult moments of the game. We wanted to win.

“I do not have that feeling for Algeria when I see it playing, even if the Algerian team may have more qualities than us.

“You know, it is not only the quality of the player that can win you a match, it is also the mentality and solidarity of the group.”

The Belgian, who guided Cameroon to the Africa Cup of Nations title early this year, added, “Of course, the problem is the players.

“We have to be frank and let this coach work until after the 2019 CAN. We are not going to say that the Algerian coach is a bad coach.

“He must be given a year and a half before being judged at the next CAN. It is the fourth coach who leads Algeria in just one year. So we have to think and acknowledge that the problem is not in the coach, but rather in the players.”

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Hugo Broos irked by player unavailability for Cameroon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 11:30

Despite their failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Cameroon coach Hugo Broos needs a strong squad to face Algeria this Saturday.

The Belgian manager was speaking to the BBC regarding the unavailability of some of his quality players during the qualifiers.

The website also revealed that the 2017 African Cup of Nations winning coach has been working without a contract since February.

The Indomitable Lions are set to be without striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Karl Toko Ekambi, who are both unavailable.


Choupo-Moting has contacted Broos to say he has an injury and Ekambi said he was not ready to play for the national team.

“I don’t know,” said about his contract situation.

“I can’t explain why players don’t want to come and play for the national team, if the reason is because they don’t play then they are not professional.

“If they come to the national team wanting a guarantee that they are going to play then they should stay home because it is not like that.

“I have 23 players and there are always 11 on the field and 12 on the bench, if he is on the bench to fight for a place this is basic for a player and not to get angry.

“We need to win the game even though this will not change much in the group, we promised not to be at the last position at the end.”

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Hugo Broos believes his Cameroon job is safe despite World Cup failure – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 12:30

Despite Cameroon’s huge failure to qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup, coach Hugo Broos remains optimistic that he can continue to lead the Indomitable Lions.

Cameroon’s most recent world cup qualifying matches saw them lose 4-0 and draw 1-1 against Nigeria’s Super Eagles, results which spelled an end to their World Cup aspirations.

Still, the Belgium-born coach insists he will not lose his job and his mission is to retain their CAF African Cup of Nations trophy.


“There’s no-one in life who achieves all his goals, but it’s a disappointment,” said Broos to the BBC website.

“I want to stay with Cameroon. I have ambitions – one of which is to win a second Nations Cup, in 2019 in Cameroon.

“I have never resigned. I am not someone who runs away when things go badly.”

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Our World Cup hopes are gone – Hugo Broos – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 03, 2017. 10:00

Cameroon no longer have a realistic chance of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, according to coach Hugo Broos.

The Indomitable Lions, who have appeared at seven World Cup tournaments, suffered a heavy 4-0 loss at the hands of Nigeria in their Group B qualifier in Uyo on Friday evening.

The result left Cameroon a full seven points adrift of group leaders Nigeria, who are the clear favourites to secure a place in the Russia 2018 field.

The Indomitable Lions will host Nigeria for the return game in Yaounde on Monday evening, but Broos sees the match as having nothing more than pride at stake.

“There is no pressure anymore on Monday, Nigeria have nine points, we have two points,” Broos explained.

“But there is only an honour to defend, there is no importance to this. I just hope my players will have the same mentality that I have – that they will fight on Monday till the last minute – to beat Nigeria.

“If we had won this game, we would have a chance, but we lost it and I hope everyone will learn from this.”

The Belgian added, “Why should we have a chance to the World Cup? We need to win all three games and Nigeria have to lose all three games, I don’t think that will happen.”

The Cameroon v Nigeria match will be staged at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, kick-off at 19h00 CAT. AfricanFootball will carry live coverage of the clash.

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I don’t fear being fired – Hugo Broos – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 02, 2017. 11:00

In the wake of a comprehensive 4-0 defeat at the hands of Nigeria in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has claimed he has no fear of being fired.

The Indomitable Lions slumped to a heavy defeat at the hands of the Super Eagles in Uyo on Friday evening, thanks to goals from Odion Ighalo, John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho.

The result leaves Cameroon seven points adrift of Group B leaders Nigeria and it seems their hope of qualifying for Russia 2018 is all but gone.

Despite their gloomy position, coach Hugo Broos – who led the team to glory at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year – insists that he is not worried about losing his job.

“I am not afraid of that and I don’t think about that,” he said after the game.

Football is the same for a coach. Today they hail you; tomorrow they kill you – so no big difference with me.

“So I am not afraid even if we don’t make it to the Fifa World Cup.”

Broos will hope for an improved performance from his team when they host Nigeria in the return match on Monday evening.

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