They are in Libya to take part in the 25th edition of the African Cup of Nations in basketball.
The Indomitable Lions of basketball left the country last Sunday for Tripoli-Libya to take part in the 25th edition of the African Cup of Nations to run from August 5 to 15. The basketball lions left with a firm determination to perform better than the last edition of the competition in Angola when they were vice African champion. "We are going to Libya to repeat the exploit of 2007," said team captain, Brice Vounang. "I can say on behalf of my team mates that we are ready for the competition. Our moral is high," he added.
Speaking during the send-off ceremony at the Hotel de Depute last Sunday, the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Michel Zoah, urged the players to be disciplined and do their best to defend the national colours saying the government had done what was necessary to ensure that the players train under good conditions.
The squad, made of 12 players, left the country after a 28-day training camp in Yaounde where they benefitted from the ultra modern sports facility offered by the Yaounde Sports Complex. The training was initially scheduled to take place in Italy where it would culminate in Cameroon's participation in a basketball competition with European clubs. But the basketball Lions under a new coach, Joe Touomou, opted to train at home and was replaced by their future opponent, Senegal who used the Euro basket competition to prepare for Afrobasket 2009. Cameroon's other pool C opponents include Central African Republic and Congo who equally prepared for the tournament in Europe.
The squad, to take part in the Libyan expedition, is virtually the same as the one that took part in the Angolan expedition but for the absence of a key player like Luc Richard Mbah and the coach who took the Lions to the finals in 2007, Lazare Adingono. They are also new comers who had hitherto turned down calls to join the national selection such as Ruben Boumtje who plays for Ewe Baskets in Oldenburg-Germany. "Things were done differently this time and the players are happy about the preparation. I think there is evolution" said Joe Touomou who happens to also be the coach for the female national basketball team and qualified the lionesses for Afrobasket in Madagascar in 2009.