ISTANBUL (FIBA AfroBasket 2017) – Cameroon will be looking to equal or even better their performance at the FIBA AfroBasket 2007 where they finished second at the continental showpiece in Angola when they compete in this year's edition from September 8-16 in Tunisia and Senegal.
Exclusively speaking to FIBA.basketball, Franck Christopher Yangue Tankeu said : “It is quite a nice group but tough too. We are focused on our goals and that is getting on the podium.”
“I think the group stage is very important too because if all these teams made it to the final stage of the FIBA AfroBasket, it means they all have potential and also it will help each team know what they need to adjust. We will play every game as if it was a final.'' - Yangue
“We have to exercise teamwork, good preparations, hard work and good chemistry among us players and with the staff, respect for each other. We have to deploy experience and make the right choices during each game.”
Cameroon take on Tunisia in their opener on September 8, a must win tie that will set the pace for the group that also has the two sides that benefitted from wildcards in Rwanda and Guinea.
Playing against the home side is never an easy task but Cameroon are aware of the stakes at hand and Yangue admits that all teams must be respected.
Rwanda will be in Tunisia to prove a point that even though they are there via a wildcard, their pride is at stake after they were knocked off their turf by a determined and hungry Ugandan side in Zone V.
Guinea, who have a side that combines youthfulness and experience, are seeking to distance themselves from the shadow of powerhouses Mali and Senegal in the same region and at FIBA AfroBasket 2017, they have an opportunity to showcase what they are capable of doing.
With this in mind, Cameroon will need to treat every game as a final and if they make it past the group stages, Yangue believes that they can then focus on their ultimate goal.
“I think the group stage is very important too because if all these teams made it to the final stage of the FIBA AfroBasket, it means they all have potential and also it will help each team know what they need to adjust. We will play every game as if it was a final.”
Guinea will be Cameroon's next test on September 9 before they take on Rwanda in their last Group C.
For the quarterfinals, the table leader in Group C will face the runner up in Group A that has reigning African champions Nigeria, Mali, DR Congo and Cote d'Ivoire. The runner up in Group C will face the Group A winner.