Rigobert Song Bahanag, the manager of the Cameroon national team, unveiled his 27-man squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Thursday, December 28th. The tournament will take place in Côte d'Ivoire from January 13th to February 11th, 2024.
The squad features several familiar faces, including experienced forward Vincent Aboubakar, midfielder André Frank-Zambo Anguissa, and goalkeeper André Onana, who returned to the national team in October after a one-year absence.
However, the most notable omission is Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Despite being included on the provisional list of 49 players submitted to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Choupo-Moting was not among the final 27 chosen.
According to reports, Choupo-Moting's failure to respond to a call-up for Cameroon's friendly against Senegal in October led to his exclusion. This missed opportunity also affected his selection for the subsequent World Cup qualifiers and the 2023 AFCON.
"Choupo is a good player," Song explained, "but we stuck to what we've been doing for some time. We had to make a choice, and the choice was made. And for the time being, I'll go with the ones I've chosen."
Cameroon will face a tough challenge in Group C, where they will be up against defending champions Senegal along with Guinea, and Gambia. The Indomitable Lions will travel to Saudi Arabia on December 30th for their pre-tournament training camp. They will play a warm-up match against Zambia on January 9th, 2024, before their opening AFCON match against Guinea on January 15th in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire.