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Cameroon include Onana in squad for African Cup of Nations



Cameroon include Onana in squad for African Cup of Nations

Cameroon coach Rigobert Song included goalkeeper Andre Onana but dropped striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting when he named their squad for next month’s African Cup of Nations finals on Thursday (December 28).


Onana, 27, had walked out on Cameroon after a row with Song at last year’s World Cup in Qatar but returned after a reconciliation with the coach to help Cameroon qualify for the Cup of Nations finals in the Ivory Coast, which gets underway on Jan. 13.


Choupo-Moting, who first debuted for the Indomitable Lions at the 2010 World Cup, paid a price for having missed Cameroon’s last three outings.


“Choupo-Moting is a very good player. But my staff and I want the continuity of recent times. He is an important player, but we had to make a choice in line with what we have been doing for some time now,” Song told a press conference as he named his 27-man squad.


Cameroon will be without Brentford striker Bryan Mbeumo, who underwent surgery on his right ankle earlier this month.


Song surprised with the selection of 17-year-old Wilfried Nathan Doualla, who plays in the Cameroon League and has never been previously called-up.


It will be a fifth Cup of Nations finals appearance for captain Vincent Aboubakar.


Cameroon play Guinea on January 15 in their opening Group C game before also meeting holders Senegal and Gambia.

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