First Team

Arnaud ready for Final

5th February 2017

Arnaud Djoum hopes to keep his place in Cameroon team for tonight's Africa Cup of Nations Final against Egypt.

Arnaud Djoum admits starting for Cameroon in their Africa Cup of Nations Semi-Final win over Ghana was the biggest moment of his career, but he hopes to eclipse it tonight by lifting the tournament trophy.

The Indomitable Lions face off against Egypt in the Final in Gabon and the Hearts midfielder will be hoping for a jersey, having started the Quarter and Semi-Finals.

Speaking to from Gabon, Arnaud said: “I am very happy to have made the final. It’s a huge thing and everybody here is very happy and very proud that we have made it this far.

“The first few games I didn’t play but the coach said he wanted me to play in the Quarter-Final, which was something really big. I played well and kept my place in the team.

“Starting the Semi-Final was probably the best moment of my career. We beat Ghana 2-0 and we thought that something magic is happening here.

“It’s a very high level to play at and you play against big teams and big names. We will try to do everything to win the Final.”

Opponents Egypt have won the Africa Cup of Nations a record seven times, and Arnaud knows just how difficult tonight’s encounter will be.

“The Final will be very tough,” he said. “Egypt have won this tournament this most so they have a lot of experience of being in Finals and winning, so it will be hard.

“I think we are more of a young team but we are very talented and will try our best to win.”

The chance to write his name into the history books is motivation for this evening and Arnaud wants to lift the trophy for his nation and the supporters of the club who have backed him vigorously since joining back in September 2015.

“To play at this kind of level and play in the Final would be incredible,” he said. “If you win then your name stays in history for all of time.

“I’ve really enjoyed myself in Gabon and I hope a good result tonight will make Cameroon and all of the Hearts fans very happy.”

The Africa Cup of Nations Final is on Eurosport tonight at 7pm.