This is the first rendezvous for the Indomitable Lions in 2012, a little over three months after the Marrakech fiasco, which saw the Cameroonian players boycott an away game against Algeria over a rather dark story of players’ bonuses.
This incident has left its mark since the emblematic captain of the Lions, Samuel Eto’o has had to serve an eight-month suspension and will therefore not be present in Bissau.
Other absentees will be Enoh Eyong suspended, Benoît Assou-Ekotto who has provisionally not made himself available for selection, Benoît Angbwa and Jean II Makoun who did not accept the sanction imposed on their captain and Stéphane M’Bia who is injured.
After the failure in the Africa Cup of Nations 2012 qualifiers, the Lions have a lot to make up for and coach Denis Lavagne, who had a good start to his tenure as head of the selection in winning the LG Cup, is well aware of this.
“There is support for the team, absolute passion in fact. But the failure to qualify for the Afcon 2012 did a lot of damage. Another failure would be even more painful for the people of Cameroon,” declared the former Coton Sport manager.
Their opponents of the day suffered six defeats in the Afcon 2012 qualifiers and have not enjoyed a victory at home since they hosted Kenya on 4 September 2010.
Guinea-Bissau coach Luis Norton de Matos will be relying on his striker Basile de Carvalho to obtain a result at home, before the return leg in Cameroon in June.
Kick-off for Wednesday’s encounter will be at 16h30 at the Estadio Lino Correia in Bissau.
Jonas Mendes, Germano Luís Mendes, Ibraima Só, Francisco Júnior, Bucundji Cá, Saido Injai, Bacar Baldé, Bruno João Nandigna Borges Fernandes, Ailton Pedro Mota Pereira, Luciano Teixeira, Gerso Fernandes, Leocísio Júlio Sami, Cícero Sanches Semedo, Ivanildo Soares Cassama, Mamadu Candé Arnaud Mendy, Eridson Umpesa Mendes Edson Ricardo Nunes Correia, José Luís Mendes Lopes, Basile Salomon de Carvalho, Tijane dos Reis, José Monteiro de Macedo, Ismael Gonçalves Amidou Baldé.
Goalkeepers: Carlos Kameni (Espanyol, Spain), Guy Roland Ndy Assembe (Nancy, France), Loic Feudjou (Coton Sport, Garoua)
Defenders: Nicolas Nkoulou (Marseille, France), Gaetang Bong (Valenciennes, France), Henri Bedimo (Montpellier, France), Aurelien Chedjou (Lille, France), Dany Nounkeu (Gaziantepsor, Turkey), Romeo Allan Nyom (Grenada, Spain)
Midfielders: Landry Nguemo (Bordeaux, France), Alex Song (Arsenal, England), Joel Matip (Schalke 04, Germany), Edgar Salli (AS Monaco, France), George Mandjeck (Auxerre, France)
Strikers: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Mainz, Germany), Aboubakar Vincent (Valenciennes, France), Henri Bienvenue (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Jacques Zoua (FC Basel, Switzerland), Leonard Kweuke (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic)