Indomitable Lions coach has listed his main objective as being the qualification of the Cameroon national team for the 2014 World Cup, Brazil 2014.
Jean Paul Akono granted a press conference on Wednesday, January 9 in Yaounde where he outlined his plans to ensure the Lions qualify for the major tournament. “It is imperative for us to qualify for the World Cup. Every necessary means should be put in place for us to achieve that,” Akono said in the press conference.
Cameroon is still chasing a trophy after they lifted the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali and are desperate to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil. The team lost two consecutive chances to play the Nations Cup in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and South Africa 2013.
In spite being third in their eliminatory group, Akono told journalists he is convinced the team will deliver. Among other things, the 2000 Olympic champion with Cameroon talked of plans to include home based players who were in December called to camp, and inject new blood in the squad.
Akono also gave assurances that Bolton Wonderer striker will play for Cameroon after he made a trip to England to meet the player.
Supersport.com learnt Akono journeyed to England alongside Ngog’s father and the player is now seeking FIFA’s endorsement for him to switch nationality and play for Cameroon.
Also, the Tottenham full back Benoit Assou Ekono, according to Akono, is likely to join the team again.
Besides scouting for new players to reinforce the team, Akono said he will be a leading a delegation of four local coaches to the Nations Cup in South Africa to watch Cameroon’s opponents in the tournament.
Akono’s efforts at rebuilding the team are being supported by ex-Lions coach, Jean Manga Onguene and Roger Milla, who has often lobbied for the recruitment of a local coach.
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