Clarets International-On Yer Bikey in Angola
Our only player in the squad affected by the African Nations Cup is of course Andre Bikey. Bikey's last match before flying out to Angola to join up with his Cameroon team mates was the FA Cup third round clash away to MK Dons on Saturday 2nd January.
Cameroon gave him special dispensation to stay in the UK for longer to help Burnley in their Premier League survival battle and FA Cup progress.
He of course has also had to watch all the managerial changes from afar and when he returns he will have a new boss with Brian Laws now at the helm.
Cameroon have so far played two games in their group(Group D) based in Lubango. They had a shock defeat against Gabon 1-0 in their opening game but then beat Zambia 3-2. Andre Bikey was on the bench for both those games but did not feature.
They play their final group game against Tunisia on Thursday 21st January and are expected to qualify for the Quarter Final stages. If Cameroon beat Tunisia and Gabon do not beat Zambia in their final group match, Cameroon will be top of their group and will play their quarter final against the second place team from Group C in Lubango on Monday 25th January. A draw might also be good enough on goal difference.
If the Indomitable Lions are second in the group table they will play the winners of Group C on the same day in Benguela.
Should the unlikely happen and Cameroon fail to qualify, Bikey will probably not be back in time or be ready to face his former club Reading at the Madejski Stadium in our FA Cup clash this Saturday.