World Cup 2014: Preparation key to success, says Mbia

Stephane Mbia

Cameroon midfielder Stephane Mbia has called on the country's football federation to help the national team prepare well for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Indomitable Lions have been drawn in Group A with hosts Brazil, Mexico and Croatia.

And Mbia, who plays his club football with Spanish side Sevilla, is eager for Cameroon to give themselves the best chance of replicating their 1990 success when they reached the quarter-finals in Italy.

"We are in a difficult group. We need to prepare well and the authorities have to help us to better prepare for the World Cup," said the 27-year-old.

"I hope the authorities are listening, we need proper preparation, it would not be good to make the same mistakes of the past like in 2010 where we quarrelled, complicated things and came out with no points."

Following internal conflicts and a lack of preparation, Cameroon crashed out of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa at the group stage after losing all their matches - 1-0 to Japan, 2-1 to Denmark and 2-1 to Netherlands.

Mbia says the the players do not want a repeat of that ugly scenario.

"Everybody is ready to listen to each other and try to sacrifice, ready to give the best for country, themselves and their team-mates," he insisted.

On a personal note, Mbia is pleased with his progress in La Liga since arriving on loan from English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers in August.

And he is hoping his performances will ensure he adds to his 41 international caps in the summer by being selected in the Indomitable Lions team in Brazil.

"I have adapted to the Spanish style of football with the help of my coach who speaks English. It is good for me to play because Cameroon have a great opportunity this summer with the World Cup," he said.

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