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Friday, 24 May, 2002, 12:32 GMT 13:32 UK
Outrage at Lions' problems
Cameroon fans
Cameroon's fans blame the authorities for the problems

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Fans in Cameroon were shocked and angry to discover that their team was not in Japan already by Thursday night after delays in France, India and Thailand.

They cursed the managers of the team when they learnt from foreign radio stations that the squad was stranded in Bangkok.

The most angry fans simply asked for the head of the minister for sports, Pierre Bidoung Mpkatt, who is the main manager of the team, as well as that of the director general of the Cameroon team's airline, Camair, Michel Fotso.

Who to blame

"We don't have to joke with the Lions," said one fan.

"After failing to pay their bonuses in time, the managers are incapable of arranging a smooth flight to Japan? They should go."

They were also frustrated with the attempt of the government media to misinform them.

"Any information concerning the team is very important to us. So that we know where to put blame if the expected results don't come," another fan said.

When the news of the team's delay arrived the Cameroon FA office, the officials appeared indifferent.

They were busy sorting out their travel arrangements to Japan.

With 24 hours to go to their flight, none had his flight ticket, some lacked the transit visa through France.

Those were their concerns, not the lot of the team thousands of miles away.

Fans were worried that the recent troubles of the team could affect their performances in the World Cup finals.

However, they were delighted to know that the flight left Bangkok after obtaining permission to fly over Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.


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