Cameroon recall Choupo-Moting after Afcon snub

Cameroon's forward Eric Choupo-Moting (R) celebrates with defender Benoit Assou Ekoto after scoring during the friendly football match against Germany in preparation for the Fifa World Cup 2014 on June 1, 2014 in Moenchengladbach, western Germany. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Cameroon striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has been recalled to the national team two months after the Indomitable Lions won the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The former deputy captain of the five times African champions was among the 23 players called to camp to prepare for two friendlies this month.

The Indomitable Lions take on hosts Tunisia on March 24 in Monastir and Guinea on March 28 in Brussels.

The 27-year-old Schalke04 forward was among the seven players who declined coach Hugo Broos’s call-up for Gabon tournament.


Others included Liverpool central defender Joel Matip and West Bromwich’s Allan Nyom.

Schalke04 said then that Choupo-Moting’s decision was “for personal reasons”.

“The 27-year-old will still be available for Cameroon in the future,” the club said in a statement early January.

The squad

Choupo-Moting has represented Cameroon 41 times and scored 11 goals in six years.

His first call-up was in 2010 when he joined the squad that represented Cameroon at the World Cup in South Africa that year.

Choupo-Moting’s return to the Indomitable Lions comes as defender Nicolas Nkoulou, who scored one of the two goals that saw Cameroon edge Egypt at the Afcon 2017 final, said he will take a break from international football.

Club objectives

The 26-year-old, who has represented the national team 74 times in nine years, said he has “a sense of having accomplished my duty for country” after lifting the continental trophy in Gabon.

He was called up by the national team for the first time in November 2008.

Nkoulou, who has been a bench warmer for French Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyon since moving from Marseille last summer, said the break will enable him to concentrate on club objectives.

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