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banner Saturday, 12 February, 2000, 21:22 GMT
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Samuel Eto'o Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o


BBC News Online profiles Cameroon's coach and key players in Sunday's African Cup of Nations final in Lagos.

Coach: Pierre Lechantre
A former French international, who admits to limited experience as a trainer. Took over in February 1999, after being an assistant to fellow Frenchman Claude Leroy on the Cameroon bench at the 1998 World Cup finals. For him, reaching the Nations Cup final is a springboard to taking Cameroon to the 2002 World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea - which would be a record fifth appearance for an African side.

1-Boukar Alioum (Samsunspor, Turkey), 28.
Goalkeeper. Conceded three goals in five matches on the way to the final, having won a place in the absence of veteran Jacques Songo'o and William Andem. Started his career at Prevoyance Yaounde before moving to Turkey in 1995

4-Rigobert Song (Liverpool, England), 23.
Defender. Captain of the team who has been heavily critcised at the tournament for his over zealous tackling. Team-mates call him "German" in recognition of his defensive efficiency. Wears dreadlock hairstyle

5-Raymond Kalla (Extremadura, Spain), 24.
Defender. Powerful defender who has played at two World Cups and now at his second Nations Cup final. Scored a goal in the first round against the Ivory Coast in Accra.

6-Pierre Njanka (Strasbourg, France), 24.
Defender. Has had a solid tournament at the back for Cameroon and increased his international profile in the process. A surprise find by Claude LeRoy, former Cameroon coach, before the 1998 World Cup finals.

8-Geremi Fotso Njitap (Real Madrid, Spain), 21.
Midfielder. One of the graduates of the 1995 African Youth Cup winning sides. Has played effectively on the right-hand side for Cameroon throughout the tournament. This is his second major tournament already this year after playing for Real Madrid in the inaugural World Club Championship in Brazil in last month.

12-Laurent Mayer (Mallorca, Spain), 22.
Born in Cameroon but brought up in Spain and not able to communicate with most of his team mates, who know only English and French. Has, nevertheless, quickly become an integral part of the side and one of the stars of this Nations Cup.

17-Marc-Vivien Foe (West Ham United, England), 24.
Midfielder. Strong, midfield pivot for Cameroon, who scored the opening goal of the tournament and another in the quarter-final. Suffered a broken leg just before the 1998 World Cup finals and missed out on the tournament.

20-Salomon Olembe (Nantes, France), 19.
Midfielder. Ever-present in the qualifying campaign, as he was at the 1998 World Cup finals. Has played both in the starting line-up and as a substitute in this tournament.

7-Bernard Tchoutang (Roda JC Kerkade, Netherlands), 23.
Winger. Missed the two opening games for Cameroon but has since won back his place in the starting line-up by adding a wide dimension to the Cameroonian attack. Played club football in Turkey before moving to his Dutch club two years ago.

9-Samuel Eto'o (Real Madrid, Spain), 19.
Striker. Scorer of three goals in the tournament, including one in the semi-final and has taken over a starting berth from Joseph- Desire Job. A squad member at his club but has seen little action in their first team.

10-Patrick Mboma (Cagliari, Italy), 29.
Striker. Cameroon's key striker with three goals at the competition. His languid style sometimes suggest indifference during the goal but has explosive pace and a powerful shot. Raised in France where he started his career at Paris St Germain.

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