Cameroon coach Denis Lavagne is yet to pick his captain for the weekend’s 2014 World Cup qualifying against DR Congo, following the absence of traditional skippers Samuel Eto’o, who is serving an eight-month suspension, and injured Enoh Eyong and Nicolas Nkoulou.
Sources close to the Indomitable Lions technical staff say they are being preoccupied by the replacement of sidelined players as well as who to choose as captain for Saturday’s meeting holding at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé.
Malaga’s goalkeeper Idriss Carlos Kameni, who returned to Cameroon team last year after a lengthy absence due to issues with the football federation, is widely believed to be the favourite for the captain's armband.
The 28-year-old former Espanyol shot-stopper was made captain during the Lions’ 2-1 win over Guinea in a friendly match played in France on May 26, which however generated controversy within the outfit because Eyong, who was in the starting lineup, was supposed to wear the band.
“Wearing the captain armband does not bring any additional motivation. I don’t think so. I feel it’s enough of honour to be invited to the team, anything more is just a little plus,” Kameni had told reporters in Yaoundé.
“The most important thing is for us to win on Saturday and that will all leave here happy,” he added.
The team’s press officer Linus Pascal Fouda has also confirmed the absence of Sochaux defender Yaya Banana, Rennes’ Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik and Stephane Mbia of Marseille.
Cameroon will play their second World Cup qualifier against Libya in the Tunisian city of Sfax on June 10.