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Lions out for Egyptian 'revenge'

Cameroon's Geremi (L) challenges Roguy Meye of Gabon
Geremi sat out Thursday's game after starting the previous two matches

Cameroon midfielder Geremi says his team will seek revenge against champions Egypt in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The two meet in the last eight on Monday in a repeat of the 2008 final, when the Pharoahs came out on top to clam their second title in a row.

"I would say it is a big revenge [match], because we have a lot of things against them," Geremi said.

Monday's game is the first between the two since the final two years ago.

Egypt also prevented Cameroon from qualifying for the 2006 World Cup finals, when Cameroon missed a late penalty against the Pharoahs that would have seen them qualify ahead of the Ivory Coast.

And the Newcastle man admits his team need to up their game before taking on a confident Egyptian side who have won all their games in Angola.

"I cannot say that so far we have shown that we're a great team," he told BBC Sport.

"But we still believe that we can do a lot of things in this tournament.

"In the second game [against Zambia] we were lucky, but I think we will learn from the mistakes and try to correct them in the next game."

Now there is no joke any more. We are coming to the serious part of the tournament

Egypt striker Mohamed Zidan

Cameroon edged through after a tight 2-2 draw with Tunisia and a 3-2 win over Zambia, after losing their opening game 1-0 to Gabon.

Geremi was an unused substitute in Thursday's final group game, but will be hoping for a return to coach Paul Le Guen's plans on Monday.

Meanwhile, Egypt striker Mohamed Zidan says that Egypt are fully focused on overcoming Cameroon as they seek their third continental title in a row and seventh overall.

"Now there is no joke any more," he said.

"We are coming to the serious part of the tournament.

"We are all very focused. You win or you lose everything. We are very excited and we are looking forward to the next round."



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Cameroon 2-2 Tunisia
21 Jan 10 |  African
Gabon 1-2 Zambia
21 Jan 10 |  African
Cameroon 3-2 Zambia
17 Jan 10 |  African
Gabon 0-0 Tunisia
17 Jan 10 |  African
Zambia 1-1 Tunisia
13 Jan 10 |  African
Cameroon 0-1 Gabon
13 Jan 10 |  African
Africa Cup of Nations photos
12 Jan 10 |  African
Africa Cup of Nations fixtures
07 Jan 10 |  African
Africa Cup of Nations tables
07 Jan 10 |  African
Newcastle deny Geremi exit report
05 Jan 10 |  Newcastle


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