Kana-Biyik SWC dreams crushed

Cameroon (File)
Cameroon (File)

Cape Town - Jean Armel Kana-Biyik's hopes of emulating his father and playing at the World Cup finals were squashed when the defender was one of five Cameroon players left out of their final 23-man squad.

Coach Volker Finke, finalised his selection hours after a 2-2 draw with Germany in a warm-up friendly on Sunday and restored some confidence to the Cameroon squad struggling to find their form in recent months.

Kana-Biyik, who struggled with a thigh injury throughout the last two weeks of preparations in Austria, was cut along with giant striker Mohamadou Idrissou, goalkeeper Guy-Rolland Assembe, midfielder Raoul Cedric Loe and defender Gaeten Bong.

Kana-Biyik's father Andre played at the 1990 and 1994 finals while his uncle Francois Omam-Biyik scored the opening goal of the 1990 World Cup in Italy in Cameroon's upset triumph over defending champions Argentina, a match in which Andre was sent off.

Cameroon open their 2014 campaign against Mexico in Natal on June 13 and also play Croatia and Brazil in Group A.

Goalkeepers: Loic Feudjou (Coton Sport), Charles Itandje (Konyaspor), Sammy Ndjock (Fethiyespor)

Defenders: Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham Hotspur), Henri Bedimo (Olympique Lyon), Aurelien Chedjou (Galatasaray), Cedric Djeugou (Coton Sport), Nicolas Nkoulou (Olympique Marseille), Dany Nounkeu (Besiktas), Allan Nyom (Granada)

Midfielders: Enoh Eyong (Antalyaspor), Jean Makoun (Stade Rennes), Joel Matip (Schalke 04), Stephane Mbia (Sevilla), Benjamin Moukandjo (Nancy), Landry Nguemo (Girondins Bordeaux), Edgar Salli (Racing Lens), Alexandre Song (Barcelona)

Forwards: Vincent Aboubakar (Lorient), Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting (Mainz), Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea), Fabrice Olinga (Malaga), Achille Webo (Fenerbahce).

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