Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos has announced his 30-man roster for the 2017 FIFA Confederation Cup, which is set to take place in Russia. The roster, announced a couple of days after their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, was led by Christian Bassogog, who is coming off two goals in the Africa Cup of Nations and winning the Most Valuable Player Award at that tournament.
On Broos’ roster are seven new players to the national team. This includes Petrus Boumal, midfielder for the Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia; Jean Charles Castelleto, defender for the French club Red Star; Lucien Owona, defender for the Spanish club Alcorcon; Jean Pierre Nsame, striker for Swiss club Servette; and Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper Andre Onana.
Broos named three other goalkeepers in addition to Onana: Fabrice Ondoa from Spain’s FC Sevilla, Jules Goda from France’s Ajaccio, and Georges Bokwe from Norway’s Mjondalen. In the defenders category, in addition to Castelleto and Owona, Cameroon will have representatives from leagues all around the world. For example, they’ll pull from Ernest Mabouka in Slovakia, Michael Ngadeu in the Czech Republic, Ambroise Oyongo in Canada and Jonathan Ngwem in Angola. Joining Boumal at midfield are Frank Boya, Sebastien Siani, Arnaud Djoum, Georges Mandjeck and Zambo Anguissa. While Bassogog is Cameroon’s top forward, he will have plenty of help at that position, with Vincent Aboubakar from Turkish club Besiktas, Benjamin Moukandjo from French club Lorient, Olivier Boumal from Greek club Panathinaikos and Robert Tambe Ndip from Slovakian club Spartak Trnava, among several others.
Some people who were snubbed on this roster include forward Clinton N’Jie, who is currently on loan to French club Marseille; and Eric Choupo-Moting for German club FC Schalke. Additionally, Nicolas Nkoulou has repeated his request to stay off of the Cameroonian national team, despite becoming a starter for Ligue 1’s Lyon in recent times.