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Cameroon picks 28 in preliminary WCup squad

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm •  Published: May 12, 2014
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YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon coach Volker Finke has included veteran striker Samuel Eto'o and rising star Vincent Aboubakar in a provisional 28-man squad for next month's World Cup in Brazil.

Finke's squad contained no surprises, with England-based defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Barcelona midfielder Alex Song and Rennes' Jean Makoun also making the cut.

Cameroon was the first African team to reach the World Cup quarterfinals in Italy in 1990 but has disappointed at the showpiece since then. Cameroon lost all three of its games in South Africa four years ago.

The 22-year-old striker Aboubakar had a standout season for Lorient in the French league, while captain Eto'o is set to play at his fourth World Cup.

Cameroon is in Group A with Mexico, Croatia and host Brazil. The squad will be cut to 23 for the tournament.