Impatient Irons await Cameroon Song decision


SongyWest Ham are waiting impatiently for the African Nations Cup squad to be announced given Alex Song’s exclusion from the national team in October.

The club fully expects to lose both Diafra Sakho and Cheik Kouyate to Senegal when the squads are announced over the next week.

However, they can be forgiven for hoping Song finds himself still out in the Cameroon cold!

A source told ClaretandHugh: “We aren’t exactly sure which day the announcement will be made but it will before the end of the month and Alex’s exclusion for those games against Sierra Leone Group D back in October may be significant!

Song was sent off and hit  with a three match suspension following the elbowing Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic in the 4-0 World Cup defeat.

The 28-year-old missed the final Group A match in Brazil, a 4-1 loss to the hosts, and then Cameroon’s opening two Nations Cup qualifiers.

He was then excluded  from the 25 man squad which met Sierra Leone on October 10 and 15 and our source said: “It’s an interesting one which it’s fair to say is being awaited with more than a little interest.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • bubs says:

    If Cameroon do not select Song then they must have no contact with the real world of football and do not follow the worlds press,if he was English he would be selected so we need to take it that we have lost him for a short period and if we are going to be in Europe next season we have to win games without key personnel ,this is where our squad comes into play, why all the worry yes we lose Sakho but we have Valencia,Zarate,and Cole to play with Carroll , with out Song and Kouyte we have Poyet ,Alfitano,Noble,Nolan,Downing,Jarvis, Vaz Te and all the development team midfielders what’s the problem,do we need to buy? For one month.

  • philtheiron says:

    Fantastic news! Song NOT picked for Africa’s cup! Good news for us but not the player I might add.
    It is just the boost we need as we approach the difficult Xmas period! COYI!

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