Veteran striker omitted from Cameroon World Cup squad

By Admin Wednesday June 04 2014 in Sports
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Veteran soccer striker Mohamadou Idrissou has been omitted from Cameroon’s final squad for the upcoming World Cup.

 

The 34-year-old, who has scored just nine goals in 41 matches for his country over an 11-year span, missed a penalty in a 2-1 loss to Paraguay in a friendly last week.

 

The 23-member squad includes just two locally-based players. They are goalkeeper Loic Feidjou and defender Cedric Djeugoue.

 

The team is counting heavily on forward Vincent Aboubakar for goal scoring after his 16 goals for Lorient in the French league last season. He was the league’s joint second-highest goal scorer behind Ziatan Ibrahimovic.

 

Aboubakar is set to partner 33-year-old Samuel Eto’o, who is Cameroon’s all-time leading scorer with 55 goals in 117 matches.

 

Cameroon is Africa’s most successful African team at the World Cup, having qualified seven times. In the 1990 tournament in Italy, the west central African team became the first side from the continent to reach the quarter-finals.

 

The other teams in Cameroon’s group are Croatia, Mexico and host country Brazil.

 

And, Leicester defender Jeffrey Schlupp was one of three players dropped as Ghana named its final World Cup squad.

 

Named in the preliminary squad, the 21-year-old performed poorly in a 1-0 friendly loss to the Netherlands last Saturday.

 

Striker David Accam and Turkey-based defender Jerry Akaminko, who broke a fibula in Rotterdam, also miss out.

 

Middlesbrough winger Albert Adomah is the only England-based player to make the final squad.

 

Ghana, which is in the same group with Germany and Portugal, opposes South Korea in Miami before the team heads to Brazil in June 11.

 

Meanwhile, the South African Soccer Association has said it will not renew the contract of national team coach Gordon Igesund when it expires at the end of July.

 

Appointed two years ago, he has had a succession of disappointments, including failing to qualify the team for the World Cup finals in Brazil.

 

South Africa also suffered a quarter-final exit on home soil in the 2013 African Cup of Nations competition.

 

Igesund is the 17th coach the country has employed since its readmission to international soccer in 1992.

 

RON FANFAIR

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