This weekend (September 6-8 2013) the last round of qualifiers for next year’s Brazil World Cup 2014 will be played throughout the African continent. The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will play against Libya in one of the Group 1 qualifying matches.
With 10 points, the Lions head Group 1 but are closely followed by The Mediterranean Knights from Libya with 9 points while DR Congo has 6 points.
Next Sunday September 8 2013 home match against the Libyans will therefore be crucial as far as qualification in Group 1 is concerned. The Lions will extend their lead if they win but their chances of qualifying will be in jeopardy if they lose to their Libyan counterparts who are presently preparing in neigbouring Tunisia for the match. Libya will be travelling to Cameroon with a 30 man full fledged team to confront the Lions.
Volker Finke, the German head coach of the Lions last week released a provisional list of 25 players who will play in next Sunday’s qualifier. 4 Players will be on a waiting list. A qualifying ticket for next year’s world cup was one of the task Mr Finke was given when he was controversially appointed by Sports minister Adoum Garoua to replace JP Akono as head coach. FIFA recently lifted a ban on the Lions only after government sports officials including the Sports Minister backed down from interfering in the management of the national team and they had to also accept a provisional ruling body to manage affairs of Fecafoot, the country’s football authority. It followed controversial elections during which former Fecafoot boss Iya Mohammed, presently detained at the Kondengui maximum security prison on allegations of corruption, was controversially elected to manage football affairs of the country from prison.
.Below is a comprehensive list of the players called to camp by Finke. They were due at the Confederation of African Football Excellence Centre in Mbankomo, Yaoundé from yesterday September 1 2013. New Chelsea attacker Samuel Eto’o Fils is expected to lead the Lions attack line and deliver the goods when the Lions clash with Libya
|1- ITANDJE Charles||Konyaspor|
|2- KAMENI Carlos||Malaga|
|3- NJOCK Sammy||Antalyaspor|
|4- NYOM Allan||Granada FC|
|5- ANGBWA Benoît||Kryla Sovetov Samara|
|6- NOUNKEU Dany||Galatasaray|
|7- CHEDJOU Aurélien||Galatasaray|
|8- NKOULOU Nicolas||Olympique de Marseille|
|9- KANA BIYIK Jean-Armel||Stade Rennais|
|10- BONG Gaetan||Olympiakos|
|11- ASSOU EKOTTO||Tottenham|
|12- MBIA Stéphane||Queens Park Rangers|
|13- EYONG ENOH||Ajax Amsterdam|
|14- MAKOUN Jean II||Rennes|
|15- MATIP Joël||Schalke 04|
|16- LOE Raoul Cédric||CA Osasuna|
|17- NGUEMO Landry||Bordeaux|
|18- SONG Alexandre||CF Barcelona|
|19- ETO’O Fils Samuel||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|20- WEBO Pierre Achille||Fenerbahce|
|21- ABOUBAKAR OUMAROU||Vojvodina Novi Sad|
|22- CHOUPO MOTING Eric||Mainz 05|
|23- ZOUA Jacques||Hamburger SV|
|24- MOUKANDJO Benjaminn||AS Nancy – Lorraine|
|25- DONGOU Jean Marie||CF Barcelona|
|On the waiting list|
|1- NDY ASSEMBE Roland||Guingamp|
|2- OLINGA Fabrice||Malaga|
|3- ABOUBAKAR Vincent||Lorient|
|4- IDRISSOU MOHAMADOU||Kaiserslautern|
In a related development, FIFA has announced that the draw for the third and final round of African World Cup qualifiers will be made on Monday, September 16 2013.
The Confederation of African Football, CAF, will host the draw in Cairo, Egypt. The matches will take the form of two-legged play-off’s, with the aggregate winners going through to Brazil 2014.
FIFA also announced that the five best-placed national football teams in the world rankings, as of September 12 2013, will be seeded for the draws.
The first legs of the play-off’s will take place between 11 – 15 October 2013, while the second and decisive ties will take place on 15 – 19 November 2013.