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ANKARA, Turkey - Experienced Cameroon defender Geremi burst out laughing when reminded about the daring and unusual kits his team have worn over the years.
Sleeveless vests, skin-tight tops and a one-piece outfit have all featured in the Cameroon wardrobe, with further surprises in store at this year's World Cup in South Africa.
"Feeling comfortable is the most important thing of course," the 31-year-old said. "So long as people are comfortable why not experiment. I think there will be a surprise in South Africa, but I'm also hoping we surprise with our results, not just the kit."
Cameroon wore a one-piece kit in their traditional colours of green and red for three group matches and the quarterfinal of the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) but Fifa said it broke the rules. Cameroon were fined and docked six World Cup qualifying points, a punishment that was later reversed.
The Indomitable Lions also caused controversy in 2002, turning up for that year's Afcon in Mali in sleeveless shirts. They were also swiftly banned by Fifa. Geremi, who has played for Real Madrid, Chelsea and Newcastle United, arrived at Ankaragucu in January hoping to play regularly and increase his chances of making the World Cup squad. Cameroon are the highest-ranked African team and the continent's most successful, reaching the 1990 World Cup quarterfinals.
"The difference between us and some other African teams is our mentality and fighting spirit, like our emblem, the lion," Geremi said.
Cameroon begin their Group E campaign against Japan on June 14 and will also face Denmark and the Netherlands.
"We have to think that we are playing at home," Geremi said.
"When teams play at home they get a big advantage. Our group is very, very difficult but everything is possible." - Reuters