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“We have to win to qualify, irrespective of the opponent” , Denis Lavagne


Cameroon have been drawn against Cape Verde in the final qualifying round for the 2013Nations’ cup, how do you see this fixture?
What ever the opponent, Cameroon must qualify for the 2013 CAN. We have been drawn against Cape Verde, it is now left for us to do our own job like professionals and to continue to show the kind of spirit we have been showing since 2011. We have to give our best to win and qualify, irrespective of the opponent, the results depends first of all on the level of our game. If all the players play at their best and can give an extra push in crucial moments, then we have greater chances of qualifying. However, we know it will be difficult because we have an opponent who will equally want to seize their chance. We can draw lessons from our recent encounter against Guinea Bissau to predict what awaits us in this last round qualifier.   Do you have an idea of the game plan of this Cape Verde team, notably its foreign based players?   The away will be played in Cape Verde and the return leg which might prove decisive will be played in Yaounde. Is this advantage? As far as I am concerned the most important encounter will be the away leg. It always determines what the away leg will look like. It is up to us to better take the away leg serious as we did against Guinea Bissau.I know only Mendes, who plays for Le Havre and who is courted by several French L1 clubs. Apart from that, I know that all their players play abroad and are professionals, just as Guinea Bissau. It is equally a former Portuguese colony and I watched the last game they lost at home to Tunisia 1-2. But I will have to get a video collection of their matches and I will be able to come out with their game plan which my players will view before the away game as I did before every match in June.

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