They were present in the first list of Hugo Broos to play in March against South Africa in the qualifiers for the AFCON Gabon 2017 football. They are however absent from the second list published yesterday by coach Hugo Broos for matches against France (Friendly, May 30, 2016 in Nantes) and against Mauritania (Gabon 2017 AFCON in June 3 2016 in Nouakchott). They, are: Dani Arnaud N’Di, Stephan Mbia, Christian Bekamenga, Landry Nguemo, Marvin Matip, Sébastien Bassong, Alexandre Song, and Tony Tchani.
Why are they absent from the French and Mauritanian expeditions? To believe sources close to the technical supervision of the Indomitable Lions, defender Marvin Matip himself asked for permission to be absent. The elder brother of Joel Matip said he will be having his wedding.
As for the attacking midfielder Dani Arnaud N’Di, he is unavailable due to injury. He played his last game of the Spanish Liga on April 20, 2016.
What about Alexandre Song? The West Ham midfielder in England is on vacation now in Douala and Yaounde. After hinted his return to the national team after a head-to-head discussion in early March 2016 with Hugo Broos, the player has changed his tune. Author of a lackluster performance during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and disappointed by his non participation to the AFCON 2015 in Equatorial Guinea, the former pillar of Arsenal decided more than one year ago to end his international career.
After regaining his place in the den of the Indomitable Lions during the double confrontation against Niger in November 2015 on behalf of the World Cup Russia 2018 qualifiers, Idriss Carlos Kameni had wasabsent against South Africa in March due to injury. To explain his absence in the second list of Hugo Broos, the staff of the Cameroon team said Idriss Carlos Kameni has not yet sufficiently recovered from his injury. Something the relatives of the goalkeeper strongly deny.
The most surprising of all is Captain Stephan Mbia. Within the lair of the Indomitable Lions, some staff speak of too much accumulation of yellow cards that could justify his absence. But, according to other indiscretions, Hugo Broos has just decided to do without the services of the captain. He had already done this on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in South Africa for the match against Bafana Bafana,.
Long before, the coach had made it clear that Stephan Mbia does not fit in his plans after his poor performance against South Africa at the new Limbe Omnisport stadium on Saturday, March 26, 2016. This paves the way for the appointment of a new captain.