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Eto'o to miss Cameroon friendly against Guinea

Written by: Staff

YAOUNDE, Aug 9 (Reuters) Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o has been left out of Cameroon's squad for next Wednesday's friendly against Guinea.

Cameroon's Football association (FECAFOOT) said in a statement that Eto'o has been excluded because he is touring the United States with Barcelona.

Espanyol goalkeeper Idriss Carlos Kameni was also left out because of his side's Spanish Super Cup tie against Barca on August. 17, a day after the Guinea match.

''We think Guinea is a good sparing partner for Cameroon judging by their impressive performance during the last African Nations Cup in Egypt,'' acting manager Jules Nyongha told reporters.

Cameroon have been without a permanent coach since February when Portuguese trainer Artur Jorge stepped down. Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni today gave Sports Minister Philippe Mbarga Mboa one week to recruit a successor.

The Guinea friendly is preparation for the 2008 African Nations Cup qualifiers. Cameroon, paired with Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea and Liberia, face Rwanda in Kigali on September 3.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Souleymanou Hamidou (Denizlispor), Pierre Ebede Owono (Panathinaikos) Defenders: Timothe Atouba (Hamburg SV), Jean Hugues Ateba Bilayi (Paris St. Germain), Eric Matoukoun (Racing Club Genk), Andre Bikey (Lokomotiv Moscow), Jean Joel Doumbe Perrier (Stade Rennes), Benoit Angbwa (Kryla Sovietov Samara), Rigobert Song (Galatasaray), Stephane Mbia (Stade Rennes) Midfielders: Salomon Olembe (Olympique Marseille), Daniel Ngome Kome (Murcia), Jean Makoun (Lille), Saidou Alioum (Nantes), Guy Feuchine (St. Gallen), Geremi (Chelsea), Justice Wanfor (Germinal Beerschot) Forwards: Albery Meyong Ze (Levante), Achille Webo (Osasuna), Roudolph Douala Mbella (Sporting).

Reuters PM RN1826

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