Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf names first 23-man squad ahead of Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
Posted: 22 August 2018 Time: 11:00
Cameroon head coach Clarence Seedorf has taken a radical approach upon selecting his first squad ahead of their upcoming 2019 AFCON qualifier.
Seedorf, who was appointed as the reigning AFCON champions' head coach along with Patrick Kluivert as his assistant earlier this month, has made a surprise admission after announcing his first squad.
The Dutch legend revealed he will not select players based in China or Asia with suggestions that the level of competition is not on par with the rest of Europe.
Beijing Renhe's Benjamin Moukandjo, a former Cameroon captain, and Henan Jinaye's Christian Bassogog, who was AFCON 2017's Most Valuable Player, have both been dropped from the Indomitable Lions.
"We want to focus on players that are playing in main leagues and main clubs. What we are not going to consider is that 20-year-old player who prefers to go to China and many other places which we don’t consider the main leagues today," he said, as quoted by BBC Football.
"Good young players don't compete in China or in Asia. Players must understand that if they go after more lucrative contracts, then they forfeit their chances of playing in the national team.
"But we're not closing the door on anyone, we want disciplined and hardworking players and if someone is in the Middle East yet he can deliver for the team, we'll bring him in."
Cameroon 23-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Fabrica Ondoa (Oostende, Belgium), Andre Onana (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands), Carlos Kameni (Fenerbahçe, Turkey).
Defenders: Collins Fai (Standard Liege, Belgium), Felix Eboa (Guingamp, France), Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic), Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo (Montpellier, France), Banana Yaya (Panionios, Greece), Jerome Onguene (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Gaetan Bong (Brighton, England), Allan Nyom (Leganés, Spain).
Midfielders: Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham, England), Georges Mandjeck (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Adrien Tameze (Nice, France), Pierre Kunde Malong (Mainz, Germany), Edgar Salli (Nuremberg, Germany).
Forwards: Fabrice Olinga (Mouscron, Belgium), Vincent Aboubakar (Porto, Portugal), Stephane Bahoken (Angers, France), Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke City, England), Karl Toko Ekambi (Villarreal, Spain), Paul-Georges Ntep (Wolfsburg, Germany), Moumi Ngamaleu (Young Boys, Switzerland).
Liste des 23 joueurs retenus pour le match Comores – Cameroun, comptant pour la deuxième journée des éliminatoires de la CAN 2019. pic.twitter.com/MOKtlrJqiU— Fecafoot-Officiel (@FecafootOfficie) August 20, 2018