YAOUNDE - Arsenal midfielder Alexandre
Song has been recalled to Cameroon's squad for the first time
since last year's World Cup for their African Nations Cup
qualifier against Senegal next month.
He was included in a 23-man squad named by coach Javier
Clemente for a game that Cameroon must win on June 4 to keep
alive hopes of qualifying for the 2012 finals.
"It has always been the wish of the national coach that this
very talented young midfielder should return to play for his
country," football association (FECAFOOT) secretary general
Tombi Aroko Sidiki said.
"But each time he has been invited he has always asked for
some time to think over it and never showed up at the last
minute. Our greatest hope is that he makes it this time."
Song was among three key players left out of the squad
following the country's poor performance at the World Cup in
South Africa and reports of a rift in the camp.
The others were midfielder Achille Emana and Espanyol
goalkeeper Idriss Carlos Kameni, who returned for the 1-0 defeat
by Senegal in their last group match in Dakar in March.
The loss left Cameroon five points off the pace in
qualifying Group E with three matches left.
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