The Cameroon Football Federation have published the list of players called up for their very important encounter against Senegal slated for March 26 in Dakar during the third round of the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifying.
As widely rumoured by the local media, Tottenham’s left back Benoît Assou-Ekotto, Arsenal’s Alexandre Song and Achille Emana of Real Betis do not figure on the final list. Song had reportedly declined the invitation, while Emana was said to be unfit for the tough meeting ahead. But Assou-Ekotto had declared he would not longer accept being used only as filler each time the Indomitable Lions confront absenteeism, according to reports.
Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kameni rejoins the outfit for the first time since the end of the 2010 World Cup, after being accused alongside others of sabotaging the Lions’ efforts in South Africa. He had strongly denied it.
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Charles Itandje, who had played with the French U21 set up, will be wearing the Cameroon jersey for the first time, while Abouna Ndzana, Julien Momasso and Ndamé Ndamé are the three lucky local players filtered out of a bunch of 35 during a recent workshop.
The 23 players, captained by Inter Milan’s Samuel Eto’o, will fine-tune in Lisbon, Portugal, as from March 21.
Senegal are topping the Group E with six points, followed by Cameroon (4pts), DR Congo (1pt) and Mauritius (0pt).
Goalkeeper: Guy Roland Ndy Assembe (Nantes, France), Idriss Carlos Kameni (Espanyol Barcelone, Spain), Charles Itandje (Atromitos, Greece).
Defenders : Sébastien Bassong (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Gaëtan Bong (Valenciennes, France), Benoît Angbwa (Anzhi, Makhachkala, Russia), Jean-Patrick Abouna Ndzana (Astres Douala, Cameroon), Nicolas Nkoulou (Monaco, France), Henri Bedimo (Lens, France), Stéphane Mbia (Marseille, France).
Midfielders : Matthew Mbuta Andongcho (Chrystal Palace, U.S.A), Enoh Eyong Takang (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands), Landry Nguemo (Nancy, France), André Ndamé Ndamé (Coton Sport, Cameroon), Julien Momasso (Astres Douala, Cameroon), Aurélien Chedjou (Lille, France), Georges Mandjeck (Rennes, France), Benjamin Moukandjo (Monaco, France).
Forwards: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Hamburg SV, Germany), Somen A Tchoyi (West Bromwich Albion, England), Achille Webo (Majorque, Spain), Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan, Italy), Vincent Aboubakar (Valenciennes, France).