Controversy Sparks Following Mbia’s Omission In Broos’ 23 Man Squad

The decision by Cameroon Coach, Hugo Broos’s decision to leave sideline  the teams Captain Stephane Mbia from his 23 man squad against a friendly match with France and the African Nations Cup qualifiers against Mauritanian is currently generating debate in soccer circles in the country and beyond.

Stephane Mbia

Stephane Mbia’s omission from the shortlisted players follows his been benched in the second leg AFCON qualifiers game against South Africa against the backdrop that he made disparaging comments about his younger teammates.

Mbia’s comment was not taken lightly by Cameroon’s Sports Minister, Bidoung Mpwatt, as he was reportedly called to order.

Nevertheless, Hugo Broos in an interview with the Federation explained that Mbia was suspended for picking up a red card in the friendly match against Nigeria. Besides, the Lions’ skipper has been retained by his Chinese club for a game on May 29.

Apart  from Mbia,  also left out of the squad are Sebastien Bassong, Matip Marvin, Landry N’guemo and others who played against South Africa.

Njie Clinton who has been off the field of play due to injury for three months as a result of a torn knee ligament keeping him away during the game against South Africa in both legs has been called to the team.

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos in his third outing since he took over as Cameroon coach has given some home based players a chance to show their worth; Djetei Mohammed of Union of Douala, Aaron Mbimbe of Cotonsport of Garoua and Joseph Jonathan Ngwem of Unisport.

A preview at the list of called players reveals that Broos is putting in place a compact defense and attack for his team.

Cameroon is set to play a friendly against France on May 30 and against Mauritania on June 3.


Author: achablah

I am a Student Journalist in the University of Buea

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