Félicitations to Lions Indomptables

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Congratulations to the “untamable lions” (the national team of Cameroon), who won the Africa Cup 2017 last night. This is their fifth victory in this championship (most recentl win was in 2002).

In the Libreville (Gabon) final, the Lions beat the Egyptian Pharaohs 2:1. “I’ve been a trainer for 29 years, and I have never had a team like this one. This is a team of 23 friends,” said Cameroon’s trainer, Hugo Broos.

Soccer experts agree that the team earned this victory. They were clearly dominant in the second half. After stars like Samuel Eto’o and Schalke forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting retired from the national eleven 2 years ago, Hugo Broos has been building a new, very young team and training them to win the cup. We are very happy for them!

The DFB was one of the first to congratulate the victors: “Congratulations. We will see each other at the ConfedCup,” tweeted the world champion shortly after the final whistle. Germany and Cameroon will meet each other for the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian on June 25, 2017, the last group match in Sochi.

Alphonse Yombi felt nostalgic for old times and shared his joy with the young and old in the streets of Yaoundé:

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The whole country is celebrating right now, so the day after the win was declared a one-time holiday. In Africa, soccer is more than a game—the continent hopes to use soccer to gain the recognition which it is usually denied.

Furthermore, success in sports also has a political dimension: a victory for the national team is also a victory for the government regime. Politicians, especially those who cannot demonstrate successful development within their countries, are counting on this factor. 

The national soccer teams are upheld as symbols of national unity, which is otherwise rather fragile. At the same time, regional composition of the teams often remains a political issue.

And in the context of poverty, soccer is one of the few opportunities for individual success. Soccer is seen as a symbol of hope and perspective!


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