World Cup Qatar 2022. Scandal in Cameroon: the DT gave the list with difficulties in pronunciation and it is suspected that he did not choose the players

Posted 2022/11/13 29 0

Cameroon unveiled its 26-player selection for the Qatar World Cup 2022 and will have its figures, Frank Zambo Anguissa (performs in Napoli) and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern Munich), to compete in Group G, with Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. However, this was not what attracted attention during the announcement of the campus. During the press conference, the technical director of the African team, Rigobert SongIt showed itself stammering and hesitant to pronounce the names of the footballers mentioned, an action that generated various speculations.

The 46-year-old DT’s announcement had tragicomic overtones. At one point, the journalists even stopped him because the pronunciation of a surname was not understood and He even needed several seconds to figure out the pronunciation of a name, until a collaborator helped him.

After the live embarrassment, the Cameroonian press speculated about the reasons that led to such a strange situation. Some affirmed that the DT, who has only been in office for six games, was not the one who put together the list, which would have been made up by the authorities of the Cameroonian Football Federation, chaired by Samuel Eto’oex-attacker for Barcelona (where he was a teammate of Leo Messi) and Chelsea, among other clubs.

Song, a retired former defender at Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super League in 2010, has a long tradition in the Cameroonian team: he played 137 caps and appeared in four World Cups (USA 1994, France 1998, Korea and Japan 2002, and South Africa 2010).

It is not the only mess that involved the African team. Last February, the Portuguese coach Antonio Conceição was fired from the national team after losing only three of 23 games in a cycle that also included 14 wins and six draws. In the run-up to the playoff challenge against Algeria, the country’s president, Paul Biya, was the one who removed Conceição from office.

Many did not believe that this was so. But the country’s Sports Minister himself, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, made it official: “By explicit indication of the president of the republic, the coach of the national team, Mr. Antonio Conceição, was replaced by Rigobert Song. The football federation was invited to make these directives that come from above operational as soon as possible”.

Samuel Eto'o, former teammate of Leo Messi in Barcelona, ​​is the current president of the Cameroonian football association
Samuel Eto’o, former teammate of Leo Messi in Barcelona, ​​is the current president of the Cameroonian football associationAP – Archive

With two wins, one draw and three losses in his cycle, Song will direct a friendly against Panama in Abu Dhabi, next Friday, and six days later the African team will debut in the World Cup against Switzerland. It will be Cameroon’s eighth participation in a World Cup.

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