Cameroon manager Clarence Seedorf has listed 23 players for the Indomitable Lions’ next 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Comoros.
Top among the big names missing in the squad are 2017 Africa Cup of Nations most valuable player, Christian Bassogog and Benjamin Moukandjo were left out by Seedorf.
There are also the like of Clinton Njie, Franck Boya, Sebastien Siani, Jules Goda, Adolphe Teikeu, Arnold Djoum and Jacques Zoua who did not make the team.
The Dutchman named a roster of three goalkeepers, eight defenders, four defenders and eight forwards.
Instead Seedorf has given a first call to Paul-Georges Ntep and Adrien Tameze. Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo who has been sidelined by injury also got a call-up.
Seedorf has already met with Torino defender Nicolas Nkoulou in order to convince him to make a return to the Cameroon national team after calling it quit due to a misunderstanding with former manager Hugo Broos.
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Asked about their choices, the duo Patrick Kluivert and Clarence Seedorf indicated that the Chinese championship is back in an important moment of its calendar. They also said that Cameroonian players playing there would have been forced to make a trip over a very long distance to reach Kenya on September 3, and then the Comoros on September 7.
“Performing 12 hours of flight one way and 12 hours of return flight for one game is huge,” explained Kluivert to justify the non-convening of Moukandjo and Bassogog.
“We called 23 players, and if it depended on me, I would have called 45,” Patrick Kluivert joked on the set of the Crtv TV in the English newspaper from 19:30 on Monday. Then in chorus, the Batavian technician duo said that “No one is excluded from the selection.”
Bassogog & Moukandjo exclusion explained
However, Seedorf and his assistant Patrick Kluivert took time to explain the exclusion of two of Cameroon’s biggest stars, Bassogog and Moukandjo.
The new Cameroonian manager’s deputy, Kluivert, cited the fact that it will be hugely demanding for Bassogog and Moukandjo to flying from China and back for just a single match. Bassogog plays for Henan Jianye while Moukandjo is in the books of Beijing Renhe.
“Doing a 12-hour flight this way and another 12-hour return flight for one game is huge. So we called 23 players and if I had my way I would have called 45 (players). But no one is excluded from the selection,” Kluivert said.
Cameroon who are billed to play hosts to the 2019 AFCON and have qualified automatically opened their account in Group B with a 1-0 win over Morocco in June last year.
Goalkeepers: Andre Onana, Fabrice Ondoa, Carlos Kameni
Defenders: Collins Fai, Allan Nyom, Felix Eboa, Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui, Yaya Banana, Jerome Onguene, Gaetan Bong, Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo
Midfielders: Anguissa Zambo, Pierre Kunde Malong, Georges Mandjeck, Adrien Tameze
Attackers: Fabrice Olinga, Vincent Aboubakar, Stephane Bahoken, Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting, Karl Toko Ekambi, Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu, Paul-Georges Ntep, Edgar Salli
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