Cameroon head to AFCON with an inexperienced squad after many high-profile withdrawals
Posted: 5 January 2017 Time: 19:26
Cameroon axed experienced defenders Henri Bedimo and Aurelien Chedjou from their final list of 23 players for the African Nations Cup finals to add to eight players who said they did not want to play.
This latest development has left an inexperienced selection to head to the tournament in Gabon.
Bedimo, 32, was not expected to recover in time from the injuries that have kept out of action for Olympique Marseille over the last two months while a similar lack of playing time at Galatarasay for 31-year-old Chedjou also cost him a place, officials said on Thursday.
Cameroon had already been rocked by the decision of eight players not to go to the tournament, including striker Eric Maxim Choupo Moting of Schalke; Liverpool defender Joel Matip and full back Allan Nyom of Watford.
“Making such decisions was a very difficult thing for me,” coach Hugo Broos told reporters. “When will we know whether the best ones have been selected? In four week’s time.”
Cameroon, who are four time winners of the Nations Cup, play in Group A at the Nations Cup and meet Burkina Faso in their opening game in Libreville on Jan. 14. They also play the hosts and Guinea Bissau in the group phase.
Goalkeepers: Jules Goda (Ajaccio), Georges Mbokwe (Coton Sport), Fabrice Ondoa (Sevilla)
Defenders: Fai Collins (Standard Liege), Mohamed Djeitei (Gimnastic Tarragona), Ernest Mabouka (MSK Zilina), Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui (Slavia Prague), Jonathan Ngwem (Progresso Sambizanga), Nicolas Nkoulou (Olympqiue Lyonnais), Ambroise Oyongo (Montreal Impact), Adolphe Teikeu (Sochaux)
Midfielders: Franck Boya (Apejes), Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian), Georges Mandjeck (Metz), Benjamin Moukandjo (Lorient), Edgar Salli (St Gallen), Sebastien Siani (Oostende)
Forwards: Vincent Aboubakar (Besiktas), Christian Bassogog (Aalborg), Clinton Njie (Olympique Marseille), Robert Ndip Tambe (Spartak Trnava), Karl Toko-Ekambi (Angers), Jacques Zoua (Kaiserslautern).