YAOUNDE, Cameroon, Jan 5 – Liverpool defender Joel Matip and West Brom’s Allan Nyom have not been named in Cameroon’s 23-man Africa Cup of Nations squad.
The Premier League duo are among seven players to have made themselves unavailable for the tournament that runs from 14 January to 5 February.
The others include Andre Onana (Ajax Amsterdam), Guy N’dy Assembe (Nancy), Maxime Poundje (Girondins Bordeaux), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Olympique Marseille) and Ibrahim Amadou (Lille).
Matip and Nyom have avoided a ban from club football by not being selected in the squad.
“It’s not an easy decision but I want to concentrate on Liverpool. I want to be here,” Matip said last month of his decision not to represent his country at Afcon.
“I want to focus on Liverpool and that’s what I had to decide. I think I took the right decision.”
Cameroon, who are coached by Belgian Hugo Broos, have been drawn in Group A with hosts Gabon, Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau.
Full Cameroon squad:
Ondoa, Goda, Mbokwe, Mabouka, Nkoulou, Oyongo, Djeitei, Collins, Ngadeu Ngadjui, Teikeu, Ngwem, Siani, Mandjeck, Djoum, Boya, Aboubakar, Moukandjo, Zoua, Salli, Toko-Ekambi, Njie, Ndip Tambe, Bassogog.
-By Kwese Sport-