Cameroon regroup in Vienna with 16 players ahead of Nigeria friendlies
A total of 26 players will join Antonio Conceicao in preparation for Friday’s game after two stars from MLS and Chinese Super League step down
Cameroon opened their national team’s camp in Austria ahead of their international friendlies against Nigeria on Friday and June 8.
The doubles match will take place at the Weiner Neustadt stadium and it was planned to prepare Antonio Conceicao’s side for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers which start in September and next year’s African Cup of Nations which is will be held in Cameroon.
The five-time Afcon winners are camping at the Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront in the Austrian capital and 16 players have already arrived.
Saint-Étienne midfielder Yvan Neyou, Lens striker Ignatius Ganago, Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Lyonnais Karl Toko-Ekambi, Bayern Munich Eric Choupo-Moting and goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa should arrive later Monday.
Stoke City’s Blondy Nna Noukeu, Seattle Sounders left-back Nouhou Tolo, Nantes defender Jean-Charles Castelletto and Duplexe Tchamba will join the rest of the national team on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia Union defenseman Olivier Mbaizo and China-based Christian Bassogog have opted out of the doubles program for unspecified reasons.
The Indomitable Lions will begin preparations to defeat Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles for the first time in three matches with their first training session in Austria on Monday afternoon.
The last time the two countries met was at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and Nigeria knocked out Cameroon in the round of 16 with a 3-2 victory.
Ahead of the game in Alexandria, Gernot Rohr’s men prevented the Indomitable Lions from qualifying for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia with an outright 4-0 win in Uyo before settling for a draw 1- 1 in Yaoundé.
Cameroon remains steadfast as the 55th best footballing nation in the world while Nigeria, which finished third in the last CAN, is ranked 32nd.