Defending champions Cameroon have not included Joel Matip and Nicolas Nkoulou in their 34-man preliminary squad named by coach Clarence Seedorf.
Liverpool in-form center-back Matip last played for the Indomitable Lions in September 2016, while Torino’s Nkoulou has refused to honour invitations since the final against the Pharaohs two years ago, a game in which he came off the bench.
“For the first three months after [assistant coach] Patrick [Kluivert] and I signed [with Cameroon], we have dedicated a lot of time to meeting and speaking with [Matip and Nkoulou],”
“There’s been no response,” he continued, “but we have to have a deadline because we need to build a team, we cannot chase players.“If players want to join us, they know where to find us.” Cameroon Head coach Seedorf told Goal.
Other prominent names included in squad compose of Karl Toko Ekambi, Vincent Aboubakar, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Ajax’s Andre Onana and Christian Bassogog, the Afcon MVP when Cameroon won the tournament in 2017.
Cameroon were pitted in group F alongside Ghana,Guinea-Bissau and Benin.