Cameroonhas selected familiar faces in their provisional World Cup soccer squad.
Volker Finke, coach of Cameroon, has selected all but one of the group of players in the playoff win over Tunisia that enabled the West African country to qualify for its seventh World Cup appearance.
Striker Jacques Sousa, who plays for Hamburg in the German league, was omitted because of injury.
Vincent Aboubakar, who netted 16 goals for Lorient in the French league this season, is expected to provide the firepower for Cameroon which became the first team from the continent to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.
The squad also includes Samuel Eto’o, who is Cameroon’s all-time leading scorer with 55 goals.
Cameroon will play warm-up matches against Macedoniaon May 26 and Paraguay three days later before facing Germanyon June 1 and Guatemalaon June 7.
The African country is in the same World Cup group with Croatia and Mexico.
Ghana, meantime, has dropped several big names. They include ex-captain and centre-back, John Mensah, who made 79 appearances for his country since 2001 and 25-year-old defender, Isaac Vorsah, who has played 40 times for Ghanain the last seven years.
Michael Essien has been selected for his second World Cup after missing the 2010 tournament in South Africa because of injury while Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari are on course to appear at the tournament for the third time.
The Ghanaian squad will be reduced from 26 to 23 before they head to Miami for the final phase of their preparations.
Ghana is in Group “D” with Portugal and Germany.
Meantime, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Associations of Soccer (CONCACAF) president Jeffrey Webb has said his federation intends to bid for the 2026 World Cup.
“It’s a real possibility,” he said. “FIFA used to have the rotation of the World Cup. It was in Africa, then it was coming to South America and it was supposed to come eventually to North America and CONCACAF of course. When they stopped that rotation, we were the hardest affected confederation.
“We have received input from US Soccer also from the Canadian Soccer Association that they intend to bid for it, but I don’t see it as a bid from US and Canada. I see it as a CONCACAF bid. I have told my members that any bid going forward must have the support of the entire CONCACAF because this is not a US or Canada bid, but a CONCACAF bid.”
The last time CONCACAF hosted the World Cup was in the United States two decades ago.