“We Aren’t Afraid Of Brazil”- Aboubakar Speaks And More…

Vincent Aboubakar

According to the striker of the Indomitable Lions Of Cameroon, Vincent Aboubakar, his side isn’t in no way scared of Brazil in the forthcoming FIFA World Cup to be staged in Qatar.

Aboubakar who has always been inspired by Ronaldinho, made this comments during his recent interview on FIFA+. The AFCON 2022 top goal-scorer and captain of Cameroon football national team is set to show up at his third FIFA World Cup in Qatar. He uncovered numerous things to FIFA+ including his FIFA World Cup experience, AFCON heroics and Qatar 2022 targets.

Vincent Aboubakar, who presently plays his club football in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, spoke lengthily to FIFA+ about his noteworthy career and aspirations for Qatar 2022™.

“When I arrived in Saudi Arabia, I was initially taken aback by the heat,” he said. “However, the Saudis have been very welcoming and they’re passionate about the game. “I was born into a predominantly Muslim neighbourhood and when I came here, I found decent and welcoming people. Playing with Al-Nassr has shown me that the Saudis are open-hearted and they gave me a warm welcome.”

Since the appearance of Aboubakar, Al-Nassr have signed Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina from Napoli, former Brazil international Luiz Gustavo, as well as Ivorian left-back Ghislain Konan. Regulating the entire situation is lead trainer Rudi Garcia, also a part of the club’s late spring redesign.

The point this season is to prise the exceptionally desired Saudi Pro League title from Al Hilal, something that has suggested them in the past three campaign.

“I think the club’s done well in the transfer market,” said Aboubakar. “This season, the board has added quality to compete for the title. “Everyone knows the experience Rudi Garcia brings as a coach and I think he’s a great addition. He’s got a great CV having worked at some of the biggest clubs in the world. The coach is doing a great job and I’m convinced we’re going to have a good season. That said, the pressure’s on and, as a squad, we’ve got to perform.”

Deposing Al Hilal is the most recent challenge for the striker, who played in France, Portugal and Turkey prior to moving to the Gulf. At international level, his greatest test is only months away, when he will lead the Indomitable Lions at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

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“The World Cup is a beautiful and emotional competition,” he said. “We’re in a tough group against the likes of Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia.

“We won’t be afraid of Brazil because the current side is not the Brazil of old. It is true that they have some quality players, but you need a united squad to go far in a tournament. A team with big names but no unity means nothing. “We must arrive at the World Cup in the best shape possible – hopefully with no injuries – and prepare well. After that, we’ll see what happens. “We aren’t here to say Brazil will or won’t do that, we’re focusing on ourselves, and the coaching staff will make sure we’re in the best shape possible going into the tournament. We have a good and capable squad with an excellent mentality. Whatever we achieve will be a joint effort. “Brazil didn’t have the best of tournaments in 2014 when they shipped seven goals against Germany. No doubt they’ll be back with a vengeance, and they have a group of mature players hungry for a title. “We too, however, are also a big team, representing a big country and we believe we can go far. We let our football do the talking. This tournament features the best teams in the world, and we have to prepare well in order to compete. “2014 didn’t quite go to plan, although we were a team in transition at that time. There were internal rifts, but we’ve learned from that experience and are ready to turn the page.”

As per the Cameroonian top marksman, he had an undying affection for Brazil’s Ronaldinho since childhood. “He’s the player who has inspired me most in my career”, he said.

“Cristiano Ronaldo also inspired me with his elite mentality, something I have great respect for. Cristiano alone can raise the level of a team due to his personality, mentality and desire to win.”

Since Aboubakar’s international debut back in 2010, he has had lots of ups and downs. From the disappointing Brazil 2014 campaign, where he only made two appearances and failed to score in disheartening defeats by Croatia and Brazil, to the highs of the 2017 and 2021 AFCON campaigns.

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“Football is of huge importance in our country – it helps people forget their problems and brings smiles to their faces. Our duty as players is to give everything on the pitch and make the Cameroonian people proud. “I’ve had the pleasure of sharing some great moments with the fans throughout my career. There’s still a lot more that I want to achieve, but equally I can’t underestimate what I have done so far and I’m truly grateful.”

Several African teams have reached at the quarter-finals of a World Cup, maybe most significantly the Cameroonian team of Italia ’90. Aboubakar believe that an African team will go as far as possible not long from now, hut he thinks that preparation is very critical.

“In the coming years, an African team could win the World Cup,” he said. “Maybe in 20 or 50 years, who knows? It is possible, but for that to happen we must prepare well and organise ourselves better, despite a lack of resources.”

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