New coach finds Cameroon a serious World Cup contender

Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's national football team, the Indomitable Lions, is a side to reckon with at the forthcoming World Cup finals, boasts their new coach, German-born Rudi Voeller.
In an interview with with a local newspaper, Le Messager, Voeller said Cameroon must by no means be underestimated, stressing that they were "by far the best African side and the team with the highest chances of going far into the competition.
" The coach added that the clash with his compatriot Winfried Schafer when Cameroon plays against Germany would be a real challenge, but said he was quite excited about the idea of pitting a team against his country.
On the other hand, Schafer described the group as tough, saying Cameroon nonetheless has a team with a real soul.
"Cameroonian players like to play football, they are very patriotic and, more importantly, they have a good team spirit," he remarked.
Voeller said the World Cup draws put Cameroon in a relatively easy Group E, noting that things could have been worse had they fallen in the "deadly" group that includes Argentina.
" Germany, he further said, have made progress at each World Cup, and with Scholl and Deisler at their peak, the country would be hard nut.
Meanwhile, Ireland coach Mick McCarthy warned that every team in the group should be taken seriously.
"Whatever the group, all teams deserve respect, if only because they made it to the World Cup finals," he explained, recalling that his team qualified from a group where giants Netherlands were the favourites.
Playing the World Cup finals for the third time, after reaching the quarter-finals in 1990 and the second round in 1994, Ireland hope to progress to the latter stages of the 2002 edition.
Another Group E side, Saudi Arabia, are also in the World Cup finals for the third time after two appearances in 1994 and 1998.
"Anything is possible in football.
You can always win if you play well," quipped Saudi coach Nasser Al-Johar.

05 december 2001 14:25:00

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