Cameroons shambolic preparations for the world cup was evident again yesterday May 22 2014 when Prof Joseph Owona, president of the FIFA created normalization committee revealed the team will play it’s only warm up match against Moldavia, classed 99th in the latest FIFA team rankings. The match will take place in Yaounde on June 07 2014 before the (In)Domitable Lions travel to Brazil. Cameroon is one of only a handful of countries that has not yet named it’s final 23 man team as 27 players are presently in camp in Austria to prepare for the final phase of the Brazil World Cup.
Fecafoot signed a contract with FLSC GMBH, a FIFA accredited match organizing company and will host the third rated Moldavian team in a five star hotel for four days in Yaounde. The normalization committee will be paying FLSC GMBH a whopping 153.000 Euros (208.000 US Dollars) in fees for organizing the friendly match. The match with Moldavia was finalized when another friendly against Guatemala which is 124th on the FIFA Coca Cola ranking behind countries like Malawi and Tanzania, was cancelled. No big team it seems, wants to play against the Lions whose chances of qualifying even for the second round of the world cup are doubtful. Cameroon plays in Group A against hosts and favourites Brazil, Mexico and Croatia.
27 provisional players selected by German head coach Volke Finke began training in Austria on Wednesday May 21 2014. Benoit Assou Ekotto who plays for English team Queens’ Park Rangers, will join the team later.
In related world cup news for the African qualifiers, Nigeria’s sports Minister Dr Tammy Damagogo says President Goodluck Jonathan has authorized funding for the super Eagles world cup campaign with enough money available if the team gets to the semi finals of the competitions. Nigeria has never progressed beyond the second round of the World cup. The Eagles, present African Nations’ cup holders, are 44th on the FIFA Coca-Cola ranking. Stephen Keshi, a former star player of the Flying Eagles is one of only two local coaches that will take an African team to Brazil.
Ghana national coach James Kwesi Appiah is overseeing the teams’ preparations at the Accra sports stadium and the team will later travel to the Netherlands where star players Kevin Prince Boeteng and Michael Essien will join their teammates. No friendly matches have been programmed for the Black Stars of Ghana which is now 38th on the FIFA Coca Cola rankings. Ghana has the best hopes of progressing in the competition of Africa’s five qualifiers.
Manchester City’s Yaya Toure is the best player Ivory Coast has in its aging 28 man preselected squad that includes Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou. Rated one of the best teams in Africa in the last decade, the elephants have consistently underperformed and the world cup will be the last time its best known player DIdeir Drogba, 36, will play in a big tournament. The team is in a relatively easy group C and will play against Colombia, Greece and Japan. Classed 21, Ivory Coast is the best ranged African team on the coco cola FIFA table.
Algeria, the only North African team that qualified for the world cup will have to depend on two star players Madjid Bougherra and Sofiane Feghouli if they want to make an impact in Brazil. They had an easy world cup qualifying group playing against Mali, Rwanda and Benin. They only managed to eliminate Burkina Faso, one of the most promising African teams to qualify for the world cup. Algeria will need to beat group favourites Belgium and Russia in Group H if it wants to progress in the competition. South Korea is the third team in Group H. Algeria is 25th, the second best position for an African team on the Coca Cola table