Tuesday 12 December 2017

Cameroon fury at Le Guen's line-up

Cameroon's World Cup campaign is in danger of imploding after senior players asked coach Paul le Guen to reconsider his team selection for their Group E match against Denmark today.

Cameroon lost 1-0 to Japan and Denmark were beaten 2-0 by the Netherlands in their opening games on Monday and both sides desperately need a win at Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld stadium to have a realistic hope of making the second round.

Cameroon's players are especially unhappy because Frenchman Le Guen omitted seasoned campaigners like defender Rigobert Song and Geremi and midfielder Alexandre Song from the Japan game.

"Many young fresh players have been introduced into the team at the expense of experienced ones," said midfielder Achille Emana.

"They cannot withstand the sort of pressure that comes with playing in big tournaments.

"That is why we are appealing to the coach to review the team for the Denmark game."

Le Guen has not spoken to the media since Monday's loss and was conspicuous by his absence at Thursday's news conference.

Denmark, meanwhile, are hampered by injuries, with strikers Nicklas Bendtner and Jon Dahl Tomasson struggling to be fit. Arsenal forward Bendtner says he's ready to start against Cameroon, but admits he is not fully fit after being sidelined for months with a groin injury.

Irish Independent

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