AFCON 2023 Qualifier: Franck Mbella Etouga amongst 4 new faces in Lions Squad

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Mbella Etouga is currently the top scorer of the Ghana Premier League with 18 goals

Cameroon Head coach Rigobert Song has made public a list of 34 preselected players ahead of the country’s encounters with Kenya and Burundi for the Qualifier of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations 2023 in Ivory Coast.

Goal machine in the Ghana Premier League Franck Etouga is amongst four news faces that will be entering Lion’s den. Etouga previously played for Nkufo Academy before joining Fortuna de Mfou. Within a season of joining Asante Kotoko, he is regarded as one of the most prolific attackers in the Ghana Premier League

Etouga was a member of the Cameroon U-20 national team in 2020. He was named on the team’s squad list for the UNIFFAC U-20 Nations Cup which also serves as a qualifier for the 2021 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations. He scored one goal in their 3–1 victory over Congo. Cameroon won the competition and qualified for the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations. He however missed out on the squad for the 2021 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations.

Christopher Wooh Wooh is a youth product of Puiseux Louvres, Chantilly and Nancy

The Other newcomers include;

Oumar Gonzalez 

Born 25 February 1998, Oumar Gonzalez is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a defender for AC Ajaccio in the French Ligue 2. Gonzalez represented the Cameroon U23s at the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations

Olivier Kemen 

Born 20 July 1996, Olivier Kemen is a professional footballer who plays for the Turkish club Kayserispor as a midfielder.[2] Born in Cameroon, he is a youth international for France. Born in Cameroon, Kemen moved to France at a young age. He is a youth international for France. He signed for Chamois Niortais in July 2019 and went on to make 62 appearances in Ligue 2 for the club.

Christopher Maurice Wooh 

Christopher Maurice Wooh (born 18 September 2001) is a French professional footballer who plays as a defender for Ligue 1 club Lens. Born in France, Wooh is of Cameroonian descent

On 1 June 2021, Wooh agreed to a four-year contract with Ligue 1 club Lens, effective from 1 July. Wooh is a youth product of Puiseux Louvres, Chantilly and Nancy. He made his professional debut with Nancy in a 1–0 Coupe de France loss to Sochaux on 20 January 2021.

The players are expected to camp between May 30 and June 14 before the final list will be made public.

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