Cameroon regrets cancellation of soccer friendly with Germany

Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon Football Association expects to suffer a loss of 300 million FCFA (about 428,587 US dollars) following FIFA's cancellation of a soccer friendly the country's national team was scheduled to play against Germany in May next year.
The world soccer governing body cancelled the match, which was to be held in Cologne, as part of the two teams' preparations for the 2002 World Cup finals to be co-hosted by Korea and Japan.
FECAFOOT's secretary general Jean Rene Atangana Mballa told PANA in Yaounde that the friendly was cancelled because the two teams have been placed in same Group E together with Ireland and Saudi Arabia.
"We had heavily banked on this friendly match to earn revenue for paying the salary of the national coach and the physical trainer," Mballa explained.
FECAFOOT is now obliged to look for other sources of funds to be able to honour its commitments towards the two expatriate German technicians, whose monthly wages amount to about 20 million FCFA each.
"We absolutely need to look for alternative sparring partners," Mballa said, adding that negotiations had been opened with Argentina to play the "Indomitable Lions" in Cameroon.
According to him, the cancellation of that match had disturbed the team's training programme, even if Cameroonians believe their team has been placed in a manageable group.
"We are in a group where the teams virtually have the same level.
Nothing is won in advance," Mballa said.
The World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan will the Indomitable Lions fifth after those of 1982 in Spain, 1990 in Italy, 1994 in the United States and 1998 in France.

04 december 2001 23:01:00

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