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Le Guen wants Cameroon extension

Paul Le Guen watches his side against Morocco
Paul Le Guen wants to lead Cameroon to Angola and South Africa

Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen says he wants to take the Indomitable Lions to the World Cup in South Africa.

The Frenchman saw his side qualify for Africa's first edition of the global showpiece on Saturday, with a 2-0 win over Morocco.

Now he says he wants to sign an extension to his contract and lead the team at their sixth World Cup finals.

"I will meet the federation officials next weekend but I would like to continue," he said.

"If this is also the sentiment of the Cameroon football leaders, then I will. It is very likely."

Le Guen was on a short term deal with the Cameroon Football Federation which expired after the game on Saturday.

If he does get another deal he would lead the team to both the World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations, which takes place in Angola in January.

Cameroon fans
Cameroon fans are celebrating their team's qualification to South Africa

The coach turned round Cameroon's qualifying campaign, having been brought in after they had picked up just a single point from their first two matches.

He replaced former boss Otto Pfister and caretaker Thomas Nkono.

Since Le Guen took over Cameroon have won four successive qualifying matches and go through to South Africa with a four-point winning margin in their group.

"The key has been the talent of the players," Le Guen said.

"We didn't undergo a dramatic change of personnel but I wanted to change the team dynamic.

I wanted them to want to come and play for the national team and I sought to give them the best conditions possible."

Le Guen demanded first class travel and hotels for the side and strengthened medical staff and training facilities.

He also appointed three-time African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o as captain, deposing Rigobert Song but retaining the veteran defender in the team.

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Who has qualified for South Africa 2010?
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African World Cup qualifiers
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