The Cameroon technical staff has called up three more players to complete the initial 23-man squad set to face-off against Senegal on March 26 in the third round of the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifying.
In a statement published on the Cameroon FA website Saturday, coach Javier Clemente did not give any reasons for the new invitations, but observers say it was a reaction to the wide criticisms the original list faced when it was unveiled earlier this week.
Wolverhampton left back George Elokobi, Schalke 04 midfielder Joel Matip and Tottenham’s Benoît Assou-Ekotto have been asked to report to camp as soon as possible.
Assou-Ekotto had declined to honour an earlier call up because, according to him, his presence was meant to fill a space abandoned by another player, a role he had sworn not to play within the Indomitable Lions set up.
Cameroon soccer legend Roger Milla has also criticized the Spanish coach for drawing up a list of “fledgling talents”, warning local fans not to expect a win from the Dakar meeting.
Senegal are topping Group E with six points, while Cameroon are second with four.
Meanwhile Cameroon sports officials have successfully pressed the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to change the South African referee trio originally designated to officiate at the encounter, after accusing the team led by Jerome Damon, 35, of taking poor decisions in previous games involving Cameroon.
A quartet from Tunisia will now officiate at the clash, which Senegal FA President
Augustin Senghor says is convenient with his team.