March 20, 2013 / 1:07 PM / 5 years ago

Soccer-Cameroon lose key trio for World Cup qualifier

YAOUNDE, March 20 (Reuters) - Defenders Aurelien Chedjou, Dany Nounkeu and Benoit Assou-Ekotto will miss Cameroon’s World Cup qualifier against Togo in Yaounde on Saturday, head coach Jean Paul Akono told reporters on Wednesday.

French-based Chedjou and Nounkeu from Galatasaray both arrived with injuries and have been ruled out of the Group I match after being examined by Cameroon’s medical staff.

Tottenham defender Assou-Ekotto was absent for “family reasons”, the coach said.

“Missing these players means the match will not be easy for us although we’ll be playing at home,” said Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong, who could stand in.

“Togo has some very good players, notably their key striker Emmanuel Adebayor. I watched them perform very well at the recent African Nations Cup in South Africa, so we must put in extra effort to win the match.”

Cameroon are third in Group I on three points, two above Togo who have yet to win a game. (Reporting by Tansa Musa; Editing by Mark Gleeson and Clare Fallon)

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