Cameroon Camp Focus – Leading from the front

Paul Le Guen has pulled no rabbits from the hat as he announced the 30 man preliminary squad to travel the World Cup . In the midst of the squads chopping and changing so close to the world’s most prized football competition, the expatriate coach has striven to keep a healthy balance in the squad, as the trimming of the squad continues to 23 by June 1, the current crop currently boasts the likes of veterans Rigobert Song, Geremi and Idriss Carlos Kameni.

Despite stripping Rigobert Song of the captain’s armband, Le Guen’s relationship with the former Liverpool man has not diminished, Song has reacted somewhat positively to the change, not allowing his concentration to deter, on the contrary, working harder to win his place back in the senior squad after disappointing form of late. The imposing veteran was one of a number of players along with Geremi to be criticised for his below par performances at the last African Nations but remains a natural leader and the coach will look to Song to marshal the back line while his nephew Alexandre performs similar duties further ahead in the middle of the park. The Arsenal midfielder’s addition into the World Cup squad has not come as a surprise to the masses, while Song’s performances on club level have until recently, been wayward, Song’s efforts for his country have been immense and Le Guen will no doubt look to partner him with the on form box-to-box dynamo Jean Makoun.

Among the unsurprising selections by Le Guen, there were three new faces which all ply their trade in their homeland, these international novices will be eyed in detail, Le Guen has opted for the Dunga-like strategy of bleeding in clandestine home gown talents such as John Patrick Abouna Ndzanza from Stars of FC Yaound


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