Football: Vogts spoiled for choice

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GERMANY'S coach, Berti Vogts, praised the fitness of his players after they demolished Luxembourg 7-0 in Mannheim on Friday, and said the European champions were ready for an arduous World Cup finals.

"The World Cup goes on for a long time. We are using a very variable team and a very variable system. Our fitness now is even better than last week against Colombia," Vogts said.

"Our pool of players has grown up together and that unanimity is evident in the games we've played. I said it before, I want to have fun. With every move they make, the players want to show they play football with all their hearts," he added.

Germany's victory over Luxembourg also presented Vogts with a problem many coaches heading to France would envy - which of his world-class strikers to play in the finals.

The top scorer in Italy's Serie A, the Milan-bound Oliver Bierhoff, produced another brace, while the Bundesliga's top marksman, Bayer Leverkusen's Ulf Kirsten, also scored two in the German team's last warm-up match before leaving for France today.

Vogts had also been keeping a close eye on the form of Tottenham's Jurgen Klinsmann, who underlined his goal- scoring ability with a classic diving header and set up another goal in a performance which was highly praised by Vogts.

"I am just glad that we have so many top-class strikers," Vogts said. There were also goals from the Bayern Munich captain Thomas Helmer and Milan's Christian Ziege.

Cameroon's top football official, Vincent Onana, was in detention yesterday as the African country's government continued an investigation into the alleged sale in Europe of World Cup tickets meant for local fans.

Police and Sports Ministry sources said Onana, the president of the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot), was questioned at length on Friday and detained in a defence ministry building overnight.

Onana was stopped by police earlier in the week from going to France, where he was due to attend World Cup games after taking part in a congress tomorrow to decide who will succeed Joao Havelange as the head of Fifa, football's world governing body.

The Sports minister, Joseph Owona, and Fecafoot officials decided at a meeting on Friday that Cameroon would now be represented at the Fifa congress by Fecafoot's first vice-president, Iya Mohamed, and its second vice-president, Colonel Joseph Tchatchou.

Owona said on Thursday after a cabinet meeting that a judicial investigation had been opened against Onana.

In a television interview in Yaounde last Sunday, Onana absolved his federation of blame for a ticket shortage in Cameroon, implicitly accusing the government of failing to finance their purchase.

The Sports minister reacted with a statement on Monday in which he denounced Onana's argument as "a simple fabrication". Cameroon has been rocked by a British television report that some 3,000 tickets meant for Cameroonian fans had been diverted for sale in Europe.

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