After defeating Djurtus 1-0 at home in the first leg of 2013 Afcon qualifying, the Indomitable Lions are confident in putting the challenge to bed in Yaounde on Saturday
N'Koulou, Chedjou, Bong, Nguemo
Song, Mbuta, Overtoom
Choupo, Aboubakar, Salli
Gomis, Pele, Zezinho, Dewey
Banjai, Mendes, Ca, Basse
Cameroon return from 2014 World Cup second round qualifying with a heavy heart after losing their last game 2-1 to Libya in Sfax, Tunisia and tumbling from the top of Group I to sit at third position, fuelling criticism from local fans and officials that the team is yet to recover its top form.
Coach Denis Lavagne and his players will endeavour to reassure the public on Saturday in Yaounde while hosting Guinea Bissau in the return leg of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations first round qualifying, and besides, they are conscious of the Indomitable Lions’ lamentable absence from the 2012 Afcon and will toil not to see it happen in South Africa at the next tournament.
Guinea Bissau have never qualified for the finals of an Africa Cup of Nations and seem not quite prepared once more, after losing to Cameroon 1-0 at home in Bissau during the first leg.
Their chances of overturning that result in their favour against the Lions in Yaounde is slim, and perhaps they will resort to giving it their all as they have nothing to lose, which could frustrate the efforts of the home side.
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Cameroon captain Nicolas Nkoulou says there is no cause for fear and insecurity, explaining that all the players were safe a day after Alex Song was assaulted by local fans.
Former Cameroon international Roger Milla says the football federation should replace coach Denis Lavagne before the next round of the 2014 World Cup qualifying if the team wants to book its place at the tournament.
Cameroon sports minister Adoum Garoua says coach Lavagne’s mission is to take the team to 20th position on the Fifa ranking, the first on the continent, will qualify the team to the 2013 Afcon and 2014 World Cup.
Guinea Bissau have named a new coach ahead of Saturday’s clash. He is Carlos Manuel, 54-year-old Portuguese manager who formerly coached Sporting Lisbon and Benfica.
- Bissau have never qualified for the Afcon competition.