Africa Cup of Nations

AFCON 2019: Milla backs Cameroon to retain the title

Cameroon's forward Roger Milla celebrates after scoring a goal against Russia 28 June 1994 at Stanford stadium in San Francisco during their Soccer World Cup match. (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Two time African champions with Cameroon Roger Milla is confident The Indomitable Lions have what it takes to defend the Africa Cup of Nations crown in the forthcoming tournament held in Egypt.

The 67-year-old football legend believes that Cameroon’s players have the potential and ability of retaining the title they won in 2017 ahead of the tournament that will kick off on June 21st.

“Cameroon are the defending African champions, they have what it takes to retain the trophy, the team needs to work hard and get good results”, Milla told BBC Sport.

“Cameroon must defend properly but also have a good attack line that can make the difference when things get tough,” he added.

Cameroon who defeated Egypt 1-0 to win their fifth title are currently training at Real Madrid’s training ground Valdebebas in Spain under coaches Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert.

They will also have another camp in Doha from June 11th -16th where they will play a friendly game against Mali on June 14th.

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Cameroon won the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Egypt 1-0 in Gabon, it was their first title since Mali 2012 / Courtesy Image

Milla also threw his weight behind Seedorf who he asserts has the potential of leading the West African nation to the Promised Land.

“We shouldn’t be afraid of anyone. It’s up to Seedorf and Kluivert to build a good team for the various games.”

“So far, Seedorf has done a good job with qualifying the team but now is the most crucial part and he needs to live up to expectations.”

“The ideal scenario will be for Cameroon to win their sixth trophy in Egypt and clinch a seventh in 2021 when the country stages the competetion. This will be tough – but it’s possible,” he noted.

Cameroon are pooled in group F alongside Ghana, Benin, and Guinea-Bissau, they will kick off their AFCON campaign on June 25th against Guinea Bissau.

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