The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will face Namibia on Friday, March 24, 2023, at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon.
The Lions will be without team captain Vincent Aboubakar, and his Vice Eric Maxim Choupo Moting, who are all out due to suspension and injury.
Captain Vincent Aboubakar will miss Friday’s match owing to a suspension dating back to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Eric Maxim Choupo Moting will miss the qualifier matches after failing to recover from a back problem.
With the absence of the captain and his vice, coach Rigobert Song will have to name a different player to captain the lions.
Veteran defender Nicolas Nkoulou may likely wear the captain’s armband.
The experienced defender who plays for Greece Super League club, Aris FC.
The 32-year-old has played 12 Greece Super League matches this season with one goal.
Nkoulou made his senior debut for the Cameroon national team on November 19, 2008, in a friendly against South Africa.
He won the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon in 2017 in Gabon.
Also, Napoli’s midfielder Andre Franck Zambo Anguissa is also another possibility to captain the team in the absence of Aboubakar and Choupo.
The Napoli midfielder has been in fine form for his Serie A team as they currently lead the championship and have qualified for the last 8 of the UEFA Champions League.
In the Seria A this season, Zambo Anguissa has scored two goals and provided 4 assists in 25 matches.
In the UEFA Champions League, Zambo Anguissa scored a goal and provided three assists.
The 27-year-old midfielder is one of the most experienced players likely to captain the team on Friday against Namibia.
Jean Charles Castelletto is also another potential captain come Friday.
The FC Nantes defender is one of the kingpins in the Nantes defense this season.
After his performance in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Castelletto has certainly gained the confidence of coach Rigobert Song.
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