Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

23 August 2010

Cameroon/Mauritius: 23 Lions Called to Camp

Some 23 players of the national football team have been called to camp in preparation for the upcoming encounter against the Mauritius Island next September 4.

The encounter counts for the preliminary round of the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations in 2012 to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. The venue of the training camp hasn't been decided yet as Jacques Songo'o awaits the arrival of his new boss, Javier Clemente Lazaro, who is expected in the country later in the week.

The shortlisted squad is identical to the one that beat Poland 3-0 in a friendly a fortnight ago but for the absence of Alou Efoulou, who has been replaced by Frank Songo'o. Hugo Nyame makes his entry into the Lion's den for the first time having failed to impress former trainer Paul Le Guen during a training camp to select home-based players for the national team prior to the World Cup.

Joslain Mayebi's selection is somehow paradoxical. Called up to replace Amour Patrick Tignyemb at the last minute in the preparation for the friendly against Poland, under the pretext that Tignyemb's summons arrived late for him to be part of the expedition, one would have expected him to be called this time given that there was enough time to do so.

Frank Songo'o's promotion to the senior squad is somehow merited given that he had proved his mettle during the Beijing Olympics with the national Olympic football squad.

Once more, a bulk of players who took part in the South African expedition were left out of the squad, among them are players like; Alexandre Song, Carlos Kameni, Achille Emana, Idrissou, Webo and Landry Nguemou. The match against the Mauritius will be the first international assignment of Javier Clemente with the Indomitable Lions.

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