Cameroon recall Wome for Nations Cup qualifier
YAOUNDE, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Cameroon coach Arie Haan has recalled Werder Bremen defender Pierre Wome Nlend to a 20-strong squad to prepare for the side's next African Nations Cup qualifier against Equatorial Guinea.
Wome has not played for Cameroon since missing a penalty in an October 2005 World Cup qualifier against Egypt, dashing Cameroon's hopes of making the World Cup finals in Germany.
'Pierre Wome is a very good player,' Dutchman Haan told reporters as he unveiled the squad late on Friday. 'It was not normal that he be dismissed from the squad for simply missing a penalty. He has a very important role to play in the team.'
Haan also called up newcomer Jacques Elong Elong, who played for Cameroon first division club Mount Cameroon before moving to Iranian club Persopolis two years ago, when the two met.
Haan brought back defender Bill Tchato and attacking midfielder Achille Emana, whilst leaving out Saidou Alioum of Nantes and Stephane Bikey, of Locomotiv Moscow.
'Bikey is not playing at the moment and it is difficult for me to really judge his performance. But with the return of Wome, I think there is no reason to worry at the defence. As for Saidou, I am sorry to say he's not doing well now, and did not shine in Rwanda,' Haan said.
Cameroon beat Rwanda 3-0 at home in their first qualifier for the 2008 African Nations Cup.
The new squad is expected to start a training camp from Oct. 3 to prepare for the second qualifier against Equatorial Guinea on Oct. 7.
Goalkeepers: Idriss Kameni (RCD Espanyol, Spain), Souleymanou Hamidou (Denizlispor, Turkey)
Defenders: Rigobert Song ((Galatasaray, Turkey), Geremi Njitap (Chelsea, England), Benoit Angbwa (Krylia Sovetov, Russia), Ateba Bilayi (Châteauroux, France), Pierre Wome Nlend (Werder Bremen, Germany), Bill Tchato (Qatar Sport Club, Qatar)
Midfielders: Eric Matoukou (KRC Genk, Switzerland), Guy Feutchine (St Gallen, Switzerland), Landry Nguemo (Nancy, France), Jean II Makoun (Lille, France), Justice Wamfor (Germinal Beerschot Anvers, Belgium), Stephane Mbia (Rennes, France), Salomon Olembe (Olympique Marseille, France), Jacques Elong Elong (Persopolis, Iran),
Forwards: Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona, Spain), Achille Webo (Osasuna, Spain), Albert Meyong Ze (Levante, Spain), Achille Emana (Toulouse, France).