lions need taming

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Cameroon's Indomitable Lions have described it as a great honour to take part in the 2008 Nelson Mandela Challenge, but they have warned Bafana Bafana not to expect any favours.

South Africa take on Cameroon in a game stage in Mandela's honour at Olympia Park in Rustenburg tomorrow. Kickoff is at 8.30pm.

Gweha Ikouam, Cameroon's assistant coach, told Sowetan the game was part of their preparations for the 2010 World Cup third round qualifiers.

Cameroon's technical team members and two players landed at the OR Tambo International Airport yesterday and immediately proceeded to Rustenburg. The players are Modeste Mbami (Olympique Marseille, France) and Alexis Ngambi (Partizan Belgrade, Serbia).

The rest of the selected players will arrive in dribs and drabs.

"We had problems getting flights due to a strike by employees of the airline we use," Ikouam said.

He is excited to be in South Africa.

"It's great to be back in South Africa. One can see that you are really getting ready for the Confederations Cup and World Cup," he said. "We came here to play for president Nelson Mandela and it's a great honour for us to be here. He is a great leader and father to all of us in Africa."

Ikouam said they were bracing themselves for a tough game against Bafana Bafana, who are now back to winning ways after failing to qualify for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

"We think Bafana Bafana have a great team and are doing well. There will be no favours, it will be a great night of football."

Bafana Bafana assembled yesterday and are out to get their fourth consecutive win .

"It is an equally important game for us as we are in the process of finalising the core of the team for the Confederations Cup," said team manager Sipho Nkumane.