Recently-capped Brentford striker Bryan Mbeumo has been included in Cameroon’s 26-man-list for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The head coach of the African side Rigobert Song named the player following his impressive form.
He has however represented France at the youth level before switching allegiance to the central African nation and won his first two caps for the Indomitable Lions in September. Speaking about his inclusion in the list he said: “It’s a dream come true for me to go the World Cup.”
Vincent Aboubakar, who featured as a teenager at the 2010 World Cup and also appeared in 2014, captains a squad that has three surprising inclusions and one shock omission.
Former international Song has left out long-serving centre-back Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, who helped Cameroon to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations title and started all but one match at this year’s Nations Cup on home soil.
He did not explain the exclusion of the 31-year-old Belgian-based defender at a news conference to announce his squad on Wednesday evening. The Indomitable Lions, who finished third at this year’s Nations Cup, had earlier drawn 1-1 with Jamaica in a friendly in Yaounde, playing with a side drawn from clubs in Cameroon.
Cameroon Squad for Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup
Devis Epassy (Abha Club), Simon Ngapandouetnbu (Marseille), Andre Onana (Inter Milan).
Jean-Charles Castelletto (Nantes), Enzo Ebosse (Udinese), Collins Fai (Al Tai), Olivier Mbaizo (Philadelphia Union), Nicolas Nkoulou (Aris Salonika), Tolo Nouhou (Seattle Sounders), Christopher Wooh (Stade Rennes).
Martin Hongla (Verona), Pierre Kunde (Olympiakos), Olivier Ntcham (Swansea City), Gael Ondoua (Hannover 96), Samuel Oum Gouet (Mechelen), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Napoli).
Vincent Aboubakar (Al Nassr), Christian Bassogog (Shanghai Shenhua), Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting (Bayern Munich), Souaibou Marou (Coton Sport), Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford), Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu (Young Boys Berne), Jerome Ngom (Colombe Dja), Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Besiktas), Jean-Pierre Nsame (Young Boys Berne), Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon).