Cameroon coach Hugo Broos says he does not fear being fired following his side’s 4-0 capitulation against Nigeria in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
The Indomitable Lions slumped to a heavy defeat at the hands of the Super Eagles in Uyo on Friday evening, thanks to goals from Odion Ighalo, John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho.
The result leaves Cameroon seven points adrift of Group B leaders Nigeria and it seems their hope of qualifying for Russia 2018 is all but gone.
Despite their gloomy position, coach Hugo Broos – who led the team to glory at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year – insists that he is not worried about losing his job.
“I am not afraid of that and I don’t think about that,” he said after the game. “Football is the same for a coach. Today they hail you; tomorrow they kill you – so no big difference with me.
“So I am not afraid even if we don’t make it to the Fifa World Cup.”
Broos will hope for an improved performance from his team when they host Nigeria in the return match tomorrow evening.
Meanwhile Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel believes his side is capable of beating any team in Africa following their 4-0 destruction of Cameroon on Friday evening.
The Super Eagles handed the reigning African champions a football lesson in their 2018 World Cup qualifying clash in Uyo, with Odion Ighalo, Mikel, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho all finding the back of the net.
The result leaves Nigeria on the cusp of qualifying for the 2018 finals. One more win from their remaining three Group B matches will probably be enough for Gernot Rohr’s side to book a flight to Russia.
“We have a very young team, obviously I have been here for a long time and now I am the captain of the team,” said a proud Mikel at the post-match press conference.
“I feel I have responsibility every time I step on the pitch to play. This team needs experience, this team needs guidance. The players are very good players, quick players.
”Sometimes they need someone they listen to, someone who can direct them to make sure we have balance and know exactly what we are doing and that’s what we did today.”
Mikel added : “I will do my best, I will carry this team same way I did in the Olympics.
“I want to make sure we go the World Cup and also qualify for the Nations Cup. If we continue playing this way, I think we can beat anybody in Africa.”