The hosts of the 2022 African Cup of Nations, Cameroon, has named a 40-man provisional squad as they begin preparations for Indomitable Lions’ quest for a sixth crown on home soil.
The technical manager of the Indomitable Lions, António Conceiçao, on Friday, released a team with five goalkeepers, led apparently by Ajax Amsterdam’s Andre Onana.
Conceiçao lines up 16 defenders from which the apt will be picked. The squad’s life-wire is constituted by Arnaud Djoum, Njie Clinton, Toko Karl, Vincent Aboubakar, Christian Bassogog, Fai Collins, Oyongo Bitolo and Michael Ngadeu, all instrumental during Cameroon’s fifth AFCON triumph in Gabon 2017.
Apart from a few new faces, the team is also well represented by players who championed both the AFCON and Qatar World Cup qualifiers.
The technical staff will reduce the squad to 28 before the tournament gets underway.
Goalkeepers: André Onana, Omossola Simon, Epassy Devis, Efala Komguep Jean, Nlend Narcisse Junior
Defenders: Ngadeu Michael, Fai Collins, Mbaizo Olivier, Castelleto Jean Charles, Oyongo Bitolo Ambroise, Billong Jean Claude, Samuel Kotto, Jerome Onguene, Tchamba Duplex, Nouhou Tolo, Enzo Ebosse, Dawa Tchakounte, Boey Sacha, Harold Moukoudi
Midfielders: Jean Onana, Kunde Malong, Zambo Anguissa, Oum Gouet Samuel, Hongla Martin, Arnaud Djoum, Lea Siliki James, Neyou Yvan
Forwards: Ganago Ignatius, Bassogog Christian, Choupo Moting, Bahoken Stephane, Toko Ekambi Karl, Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu, Kevin Olivier Soni, Aboubakar Vincent, Paul Georges Ntep, John Mary, Njie Clinton, Jeremy Ebobisse Ebolo, Leandre Tawamba Kana.
The Indomitable Lions open the 24-nations tournament on January 9 against Burkina Faso. Thereafter, they will confront 1962, champions Ethiopia with their final group match, on January 17 coming against Cape Verde.