Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions are currently camping in Kenya ahead of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) second round qualifiers against Comoros scheduled for September 8 in Moroni.
This camping will provide the pioneer litmus test for the two new Netherlands’ tacticians, Clarence Seerdorf and Patrick Kluivert. The five times African champions, held their first training session at the Kasarani Stadium on Monday September 3, 2018.
21 out of 23 players attended the first training session with the remaining two expected to come in.
Two others were absent for the training; Felix Eboa Eboa and Andrien Temese.
The team continues with the preparations Tuesday evening at the newly refurbished facility.
It is worth mentioning that the Lions chose Kenya because of its proximity to Comoros and also to acclimatise themselves with the climate of their soccer adversary.
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions are in Group B alongside Morocco, Malawi, and Comoros.
Cameroon, who are defending champions and the 2019 hosts, edged Morocco 1-0 at home in their first group match.
Also, The Indomitable Lions top Group ‘B’ with three points, similar to Malawi who saw off Comoros by one goal to zero in the first round first leg qualifiers in June last year.
As hosts, Cameroon has automatically qualified for the tournament and she is only using use the games for preparation purposes.
Seedorf’s first task will be to claim victory over the Comoros, who have never qualified for a Nations Cup finals.
However, for the Dutchman to leave a lasting legacy, he must become the first Indomitable Lions tactician to retain the continental title since Cameroon won back to back editions in 2000 and 2002 under Pierre Lechantre (2000) and Winfried Schäfer (2002).
For that to happen, he will need the services of self-exiled stars like Eric Maxim Chuoppo Moting.
News faces in the Lions’ den
In other to stamp his authority in the squad, Seedorf has injected new blood in the squad, which he believes, will help Cameroon retain the 2019 AFCON trophy on home soil. Among the new comers are: Defenders: Jerome Onguene and forward Georges Ntep.
The complete squad summoned for the Comoros soccer duel includes:
Goalkeepers: Fabrice Ondoa (Oostende, Belgium), Andre Onana (Ajax, Holland), Carlos Kameni (Fenerbahce, Turkey)
Defenders: Collins Fai (Standard Liege, Belgium), Felix Eboa Eboa (Guingamp, France), Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic), Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo (Montpellier, France), Yaya Banana (Panionios, Greece), Jerome Onguene (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Gaetan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion, England), Allan Nyom (Leganes, Spain)
Midfielders: Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham, England), Georges Mandjeck (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Adrien Tameze (Nice, France), Pierre Kunde Malong (Mainz, Germany)
Forwards: Edgar Salli (Nuremberg, Germany), Fabrice Olinga (Mouscron, Belgium), Vincent Aboubakar (FC Porto, Portugal), Stephane Bahoken (Angers, France), Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke City, England), Karl Toko Ekambi (Villareal, Spain), Paul-Georges Ntep (Wolfsburg, Germany), Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu (Young Boys, Switzerland)
It should be noted that Beijing Renhe’s, Benjamin Moukandjo, a former Cameroon captain, and Henan Jinaye’s Christian Bassogog, who was AFCON 2017’s Most Valuable Player, have both been dropped from the Indomitable Lions’ squad.
The Dutch legend revealed he will not select players based in China or Asia with suggestions that the level of competition is not on par with the rest of Europe.