Red hot Lambert Araina has received his first national team call up after an impressive run of form in the colours of Cotonsport. Araina, who has since moved to FA Rabat in Morocco, was exceptional in Cotonsport’s CAF Confederation Cup run. Coach Antonio Conceiçao has rewarded the 22-year old with the call up in a 28-man squad that will prepare for two FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Araina’s former teammate. goalkeeper Narcise Nlend has also receive a debut invitation to the squad that will take on Malawi and Ivory Coast. The Indomitable Lions take on the Flames of Malawi on the 3rd of September at home before traveling to the home of 2023 Africa of Nations tournament, Ivory Coast on the 7th.
“We have introduced new blood. We thought about introducing two players from the local league, this shows that the door is open to everyone,” explained Conceicao on announcing the squad.
Conceicao has gone with his tried and tested squad with Vincent Aboubakar expected to lead the hunt for a place in Qatar.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers were postponed from March this after CAF and a lot of the national teams grappled with the COIVD-19 pandemic induced conditions, especially the conflicting test results of players.
Omossola Simon (Vita Club), Epassy Devis (Crete), Jean Efala Konguep (Akwa United), Nlend Narcisse Junior (Cotton).
Fai Collins (Standard), Mbaizo Olivier (Philadelphia Union), Ngadeu Michael (La Gantoise), Jean-Charles Castelletto (Nantes), Harold Moukoudi (Saint-Etienne), Billong Jean-Claude (Benevento), Dawa Joyskim Tchamba (Duplexe)
Djoum Arnaud (Apollon), Kunde Malong (Olympiakos), Zambo Anguissa (Fulham), Oum Gouet Samuel (Mechelen), Hongla Martin (Hellas), Léa Siliki (Stade Rennais), Yvan Neyou (Saint-Etienne).
Ignatius Ganago (Lens), John Mary (Fukuoka), Christian Bassogog (Shanghai), Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern), Stéphane Bahoken (Angers), Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon), Moumi Ngamaleu (Young Boys), Lambert Araina ( FAR Rabat), Vincent Aboubakar (Al Nassr)