In an interview with the Algerian website “Le Buteur“, the former coach of the Indomitable Lions came back on the Marrakech incident which caused the cancellation of a friendly match between Algeria and Cameroon, in November 2011.
Obviously, Denis Lavagne, coach of the Indomitable Lions in 2011, has not forgotten the episode of Marrakech and this friendly match between Algeria and Cameroon canceled because of an alleged unpaid bonuses to players. It is with great bitterness that the former technician of Coton Sport de Garoua came back on this incident.
He believes he was “deprived of a prestige match against the national team of Algeria and to live the extraordinary atmosphere of the games in Algeria,” he says in an interview with the Algerian website “Le Buteur” . “Yes … it’s a big frustration for me,” said the French coach.
According to Denis Lavagne, it is Samuel Eto’o, the captain at that time, who was the cause of the cancellation of the scheduled meeting after Cameroon’s victory at the LG Cup in Morocco. “The captain of the time forbade players to get on the plane chartered by the Algerian Federation for alleged unpaid bonuses of 500 euros. But the real reason was more of a quarrel between FECAFOOT, the ministry of Sports and the captain, “he said, while apologizing to the federation and the Algerian people for this incident.
Speaking about his prognosis on the Algeria-Cameroon match on 9 October 2016, Denis Lavagne favorites Algeria, given its offensive armada consisting of experienced players (Mahrez-Brahimi-Feghouli-Slimani). But Cameroon does not lack assets according to him. The physical and mental qualities of the Lions will in his opinion bridge the obvious gap that Cameroon has technically.
“Technically, Algeria is undoubtedly the best armed especially at the offensive level. Cameroon also has quality players and very strong physically and mentally. So it can offset the technical deficit “, analyzes the current coach of the Free State club, first division club in South Africa.
The Algeria-Cameroon match is scheduled for 9 October 2016. It accounts for the first day of the final round of qualifying for the World Cup Russia 2018. The list of 23 lions called for this meeting was available since Monday, September 26, 2016. It does not contain the names of Stéphane Mbia Etoundi, the captain, and Idriss Carlos Kameni, the experienced custodian of Malaga in Spain. Hugo Broos’ decision for not using these two players of the selection is welcomed by Lavagne, who believes that long ago Cameroon should have relied on the new generation.