Cameroon were unable to outplay lowly Equatorial Guinea during a friendly match that took place in Malabo on Tuesday, as the co-host of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations prepare their team for a surprising outing in the tournament.
The two goals of the encounter were scored by Cameroonians, on either side. Sparta Prague striker Leonard Kweukeu opened the scoring for the Indomitable Lions while former Caiman’s player Douala Elong Ewoudi, who recently naturalised to become an Equatoguinean, equalised for the home side.
Cameroon skipper Samuel Eto’o and a couple of other professionals were rested for the meeting after the Lions bowed out of the 2012 Afcon qualifying campaign on Saturday with a 3-2 win over DR Congo in Kinshasa.
Goalkeeper Jules Goda of Portimonense, Monaco’s Edgar Salli, Gaziantepsor’s centre-back Dany Nounkeu and Jean-Patrick Abouna Ndzana of Astres Douala played a full game for the first time with Cameroon, as the outfit is being rebuilt ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
No official announcement has been made about the departure of coach Javier Clemente, but persistent rumours suggest that the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) are shaping up plans to hire Cotonsport Garoua’s French coach Denis Lavagne, who led the club founded by Fecafoot president Mohammed Iya to win the 2010 and 2011 Elite One titles.
Lavagne, who’s currently on vacation in Italy, confirmed to L’Equipe that he had been approached but no direct talks were under way. Clemente is yet to resign, and is officially still the coach of Cameroon. His contract runs until August 2012.