Displaying the Lion’s hospitality spirit

Even away from the den, a Lion remains indomitable in the face of adversity from soccer preys. Geremi Sorele Njitap Fotso may have retired from football, but he has remained a Lion in his soul. Since the start of the 33rd TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon, the glorious midfielder has actively been engaged in activities surrounding the continental bonanza. In the stadium, he played the role of a diehard Indomitable Lions’ fan.

Geremi Njitap, 43, was present in the tribune of the magnificent Olembe Omnisport stadium to watch matches featuring Cameroon’s senior men’s team. He cheered spectacular moves; sighed at dashed opportunities; and celebrated, like other supporters, goals scored and victories secured by the Lions. “Each spectator, on or off the stadium, has the obligation to boost the Lions’ progress from one stage to the other of the AFCON, a tourney Cameroon is hosting at home after 50 years,” the two-time AFCON winner (2000 and 2002) said.

Other scintillating AFCON 2021 fixtures invited him to the stadium. For some, he watched from home on his television set. Off the pitch, Njitap showcased Cameroon’s legendary hospitality to AFCON visitors, particularly to his friends and former African footballers. He invited them to restaurants to enjoy Cameroon’s palatable meals, share drinks while listening to soul-searching music. In their exchange, the ex-Lion told this reporter that his guests were immensely satisfied with the hearty reception, the organisation of the football fiesta, and that they were greatly impressed with the sporting insfrastructures the country boast of. “From these testimonies and observations, this AFCON will be the best ever organised on an African soil,” Geremi Njitap stated. While waiting for its confirmation on 6 February 2022, his fervent wish is that the Lions win the trophy at home.?


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