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Le Guen calls on Lions to roar
Published : 18 Jun 2010 20:38:38
Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen has called on his team to live up to their nickname and produce a lion-hearted performance against Denmark on Saturday night in a World Cup encounter that is crucial for both sides.
Neither nation were able to pick up anything from their opening Group E matches, with Cameroon going down 1-0 to Japan and Denmark suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Holland.
That means another loss for either side at Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld stadium could spell the end of the road for the losers, depending on what happens in the earlier match between the two group leaders.
For Cameroon, with group favourites Holland to come in their final match, the game is potentially decisive and Le Guen wants his team - nicknamed the Indomitable Lions - to stand up and be counted.
"I think they (the players) need to face up to their responsibilities," he said. "We often talk about them being lions and having a leonine spirit, and I hope very much that they find this spirit on Saturday."
Le Guen also revealed he would be making at least three changes to the team that took the field against Japan, describing their performance in that match as disappointing and not good enough.
Regarding opponents Denmark, Le Guen said: "We've looked at them several times in the qualifying matches and also in the warm-up matches.
"They're a team that are evolving and players who are coming on board, and I'm obviously interested to see what their line-up is going to be because there are some players we don't know about.
"I think they will be in same state of mind as us, they have to win.
"I think they will be better than in their first game, so we have to be very careful."