Georges Mandjeck expects nothing less than glory when Cameroon take on Egypt in the AFCON final
Posted: 3 February 2017 Time: 13:25
Cameroon midfielder Georges Mandjeck is confident they will overcome the colossal hurdle posed by Egypt and bring an end to their 15-year wait for AFCON glory.
The Indomitable Lions have boxed above their weight in Gabon, having arrived here in the country with a largely unrecognisable squad after eight first-choice players chose to pull out prior to the tournament.
A draw against Burkina Faso in their opening match followed by an expected win over Guinea-Bissau and another stalemate with hosts Gabon saw them finish second in Group A.
Into the quarter-finals they went, continuing to prove their critics wrong as they moved past pre-tournament favourites Senegal, before overpowering Ghana 2-0 to book a place in the final against Egypt.
“We have a young group of players that have continued to prove just how much they deserve to be in the national team. We needed this chance and we are now using it,” says Mandjeck.
Such is his confidence that he believes the trophy will be heading to Yaounde instead of Cairo on Monday.
“Now we will prepare ourselves for the final but what I know is that we will go back home to Yaounde with the trophy,” states the FC Metz holding midfielder.
The 28-year-old, who was brought in as a substitute for Arnaud Sutchuin Djoum with 13 minutes remaining in last night's semi-final here in Franceville, feels they will carry a positive vibe into the final.
“Everything is positive in our minds and the camp is in a good space. All that we want now for the last match is just to win. We have two days to prepare for that match,” he notes.
By Lovemore Moyo in Gabon, courtesy of SuperSport