Lions coach Volker Finke has published a list of 25 players and five in the waiting list for the African Nations Cup qualifier match against DR Congo and Ivory Coast without Lions captain Samuel Eto’o.
Eto’o who has been announced at Liverpool for a one year contract as has been rumoured for some time, was cited among the players the coach Finke no longer wanted to see in the national team.
Other players left out are Jean II Makoun, Benoit Assou Ekotto and Charles Itandje; players considered to have contributed to the World Cup debacle.
Alexandre Song is still serving his punishment for elbowing Mario Manzukic on the back during the World Cup game against Croatia.
Red Bulls Oyongo Bitolo Ambroiase has been handed his first call to the national team and so is Guihota, Jérôme (FC Valenciennes), Kibong à Mamba, Marc (Konyarspor), N’jie Clinton (Olympic Lyonnais), Etoundi, Franck (FC Zurich) younger brother of Stephane Mbia and Mandjeck Georges (Kayseri Erciyesspor) who was part of the Olympic team in 2008.
Two goalkeepers make their debut for the national team, ABOGO, Pierre Sylvain (Tonnerre de Yaoundé) and ONDOUA, Joseph Fabrice (FC Barcelona).
Finke is gradually handing local players an opportunity to prove their worth thereby giving credibility to the local championship with the call-up of three players.
He is also gradually rejuvenating the team with young players like, Franck Bagnack and Jean Marie Dongou, both of FC Barcelone, Clinton N’jie of Olympic Lyonnais.
The lions would train in Yaoundé September 1-10 at the CAF training centre in Mbankomo ahead of their qualifier match for the 2015 Nations Cup against the Democratic Republic of Congo and four days later against Ivory Coast in Yaoundé.
List of players
NDY ASSEMBE (FC Nancy)
ABOGO, Pierre Sylvain (Tonnerre de Yaoundé)
ONDOUA, Joseph Fabrice (FC Barcelona)
DJEUGOU, Cédric (Cotons Sport de Garoua)
GUIHOTA, Jérôme (FC Valenciennes)
MATIP, Joël (Schalke 04)
NKOULOU, Nicolas (Olympique Marseille)
BONG, Gaëtan (Olympiakos)
BAGNACK, Frank (FC Barcelona)
OYONGO BITOLO, Ambroise (New York Red Bulls)
LOE, Raoul Cédric (C.A Osasuna)
SALLI, Edgar (A.S Monaco)
ZOCK, Guy Christian (Cosmo de Bafia)
MANDJECK, Georges (Kayseri Erciyesspor)
KIBONG à MBAMBA, Marc (Konyarspor)
CHOUPO-MOTING, Eric (Schalke 04)
MOUKANDJO, Benjamin (Stade Reims)
ABOUBAKAR, Vincent (FC Lorient/Porto)
DONGOU, Jean Marie (FC Barcelona)
KWEUKE, Léonard (Caykur Rizespor)
N’JIE, Clinton (Olympique Lyonnais)
ETOUNDI, Franck (FC Zurich)
KOM, Franck (Etoile Sportive du Sahel)
MOUGANG MBASSOGO (Lion Blessé de Foutouni)
BANA MOUSSA (Coton Sport de Garoua)
TABEKOU OUAMBE (APEJES de Mfou)
NLATE EKONGOLO, Brice (Olympique Marseille)