Carlos Kameni and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are among a swathe of familiar faces set to return for Cameroon’s upcoming friendly against Kuwait in the first match following Hugo Broos’s exit.
Interim coach Alexandre Belinga revealed his 23-man list for the Indomitable Lions’ upcoming friendly at a press conference on Monday at the FECAFOOT headquarters in Yaounde.
The 55-year-old is provisionally overseeing the national side until a permanent successor is found for Broos, who was dismissed after a poor Confederations Cup and failure to reach the World Cup despite AFCON success in 2017.
Belinga’s Cameroon squad revealed
No return for Eto’o, Matip or N’Koulou, but Kameni is back along with Choupo-Moting, Nyom, Armel Biyick and Nyom.
Loads of options for the Kuwait game, outrageous strength in goal!
— Ed Dove (@EddyDove) March 12, 2018
The reigning African champions haven’t qualified for the World Cup, but will use their meeting with Kuwait on March 25 as an opportunity to prepare the side for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
As AFCON hosts — at least for the time being — Cameroon don’t need to qualify for the tournament, but they will ‘compete’ against Malawi, Comoros and Morocco in qualification Group B in a series of warm-up fixtures.
Goalkeepers Kameni and Andre Onana return to the fold, as does Choupo-Moting, who refused a call-up to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and announced his retirement from international football.
Jean Armel Kana Biyick and Allan Nyom also return, while Felix Eboa Eboa is also included after impressing in Ligue 1 with En Avant de Guingamp so far this term.
However, there are no recalls for Samuel Eto’o or Nicolas Nkoulou, who were approached by FECAFOOT, according to Cameroon-info, but refused the opportunity to return to the fold.
Similarly, Joel Matip rejected the chance to resume his international career.