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Alex Song the latest Cameroon star to retire from international football; Youth movement is on

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Cameroon had one of the worst tournaments of any team at the World Cup, and life isn’t getting any easier for the Indomitable Lions.

After threatening to not go to the tournament in Brazil, Cameroon had to deal with the fact that they not only got beaten soundly at the World Cup, they were accused of match-fixing.

Samuel Eto’o and Pierre Webo had already retired from international competition before today’s news from West Ham United midfielder Alex Song via Instagram (at bottom). He’s retiring as well.

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The 27-year-old Song’s absence will make the Cameroon team look even more bizarre at the Africa Cup of Nations this month. Longtime goalkeeper Charles Itandje also won’t be there. Neither will Jean Makoun nor Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

It’s a youth movement for Volker Finke’s side, captained by Sevilla’s Stephane Mbia, 28. The vice captains are 25 and 22 (Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting of Schalke and Vincent Aboubaker of Porto).

Cameroon beats Tunisia 4-1 to qualify for 2014 World Cup

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After a scoreless first leg, Cameroon burst to life in Yaounde with a brace from Jean Makoun to win 4-1 over Tunisia and qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

It will be Cameroon’s second straight World Cup, and their seventh appearance in the last nine, missing out only in 1986 and 2006.

The Indomitable Lions wasted no time this leg, scoring through Fenerbahce’s Pierre Webo in just the fourth minute from close range.

Benjamin Moukandjo, playing for AS Nancy in the French Ligue 1, doubled the lead in the 30th minute thanks to a fabulous individual effort.

It got nervy for a bit when Ahmed Akaichi brought Tunisia one back just after halftime, as the away goal meant just one more could see Tunisia through, but Stade Rennais’s Makoun settled things with his two goals just 21 minutes apart.

Tottenham Hotspur wing-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto was fabulous both at the back and in the attack for Cameroon, and he assisted Makoun’s first goal on a corner and also forced Tunisia goalkeeper Ben Cherifa into a fancy save from long range early on.

Cameroon join Nigeria and the Ivory coast as African representatives in Brazil, with two more places to be decided on Tuesday. Burkina Faso will travel to Algeria holding a 3-2 advantage, and Ghana looking to see out its 6-1 lead over Egypt.