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Afcon 2019 preparations: Choupo Moting called to join squad despite 2017 Afcon Snub

German Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has been called to the 23-man squad for the upcoming friendly games in preparations for the…

German Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has been called to the 23-man squad for the upcoming friendly games in preparations for the Afcon 2019 and Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifiers despite snubbing his call-up to play for the Indomitable Lions in Gabon.

The Indomitable Lions will face Tunisia on March 24 at the Mustapha Ben Jannet Stadium before taking on Guinea on March 28 at the Edmond Mechtens Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.

The 27-year old Choupo-Moting, who announced his retirement from international football in January ahead of the Afcon 2017 in Gabon to focus on his club commitment to German side Schalke 04, will be considered to face the Sylis as the reigning African champions prepare for the Fifa 2018 World Cup and Afcon 2019 qualifiers.

Broos told supersport.com last month at Afcon that the eight players that snubbed the call-up to play for the Indomitable Lions in Gabon were still welcome to feature for Cameroon.

“The door is still open for them, but when they return they will not decide when to play and when not to play,” Broos pointed out emphatically.

The French tactician has included the Afcon 2017 Best Player of the Tournament Christian Bassogog, captain Benjamin Moukandjo, Vincent Aboubakar, Adolphe Teikeu as well as Michael Ngadjui Ngadeu in his squad.

Broos, who recently attended the ongoing Afcon U20 squad in Zambia, has included two impressive youngsters — Kalvin Jih Ketu who scored for the Junior Indomitable Lions in their 3-1 loss to South Africa in the Group B opener as well as central defender Duplex Bangou Tchamba.

Cameroon have two points from two games in the Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifiers from 1-1 draws with Algeria and Zambia in a tough Group B.

The Indomitable Lions travel to Nigeria to face their biggest archrivals, Nigeria, on August 28 at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo before the return leg on September 2 in Cameroon.

Cameroon squad:Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo, Christian Mougang Bassogog, Joseph Fabrice Ebogo Ondoa, Jules Stephane Goda, Pouaty Dendoum Moise D’assise, Collins Fai Ngoran Suiri, Ernest Massousi Mabouka, Adolphe Kamgang Teikeu, Michael Ngadjui Ngadeu, Mohamed Djetei, Serge Sidoine Tchaha Leuko, Arnaud Gilles Sutchuin Djoum, Franck Andre Zambo Anguissa, Thierry Franck Boya, Constant Georges Mandjeck, Benjamin Bile Moukandjo, Jacques Daogari Zoua, Eric Maxime Choupo-Moting, Karl Ekambi Toko, Vincent Aboubakar, Nicolas Brice Moumi Ngamaleu, Duplex Bangou Tchamba, Kalvin Jih Ketu