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2023 AFCON Qualifier: Geoffrey Kodogbia returns as CAR names squad

by Lesley Ngwa
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30-year-old Geoffrey Kondogbia has been named in the Central African Republic(CAR) squad for the 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Atletico Madrid midfielder makes his return to the National team after over four years of absence, as he has been called back by coach Raoul Savoy.

Geoffrey, is part of the 26-man squad chosen to represent “les Fauves” as they go in search of a ticket to the 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast slated for next year.

He earned his first call up to the National team on August 31, 2018 and made his debut on October 12 that same year. He captained the team back then to a 4–0 away loss to Ivory Coast in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

His debut and lone goal came on November 18 in the same competition, where he scored an added-time equaliser in a 2–2 draw away to Rwanda., yet failed to earn them a qualification.

The former Inter Milan player has been involved in almost about 16 La Liga games for Atletico Madrid this season and as a regular starter.

Geoffrey’s comeback plus experience will add the the other fine selection of players chosen by coach Raoul as they hope to pick up a very first ticket to the tournament scheduled for 2024 in Ivory Coast.

The Central African Republic will go against Madagascar on Thursday, March 23 in match day three of six in the group stage of the qualifiers.

CAR, is third placed in group E, level on point with Madagascar who occupy the bottom spot in the group.

Worthy of note is the fact that, the Central African Republic has never participated in the AFCON tournament. They have only attempted the qualification stage but failed to sail through to the final of the tournament.

Full Squad

_Goalkeepers _
Kollimba Alladoum – Katsina United FC
Youfeigane Dominique -EA Guingamp
Biandao Marcellin -USCA

_Defenders _
Biakolo Tony -Toulouse FC
Guinari Peter – FC Wiltz71
Youmbi Jacob -Al Bahri SC
Yangao Flory -ORB
Dambakizi Sidney – ORB
Ban Thibaut Arsène – Fatima
Pounayo Riphat -Fatima
Guesset Bangagbi Donald – ORB
Niamathe Freeman -Red Star
Mboumbouni Dylan – CS Mioveni

_Midfielders _
Nlend Samuel -Bisha FC
Baboula Ghislain -Racing CFF
Ngoma Isaac -Tempête
Toropite Trésor -AS Otoho D’oyo
Ato-Zandanga Noah -CD Santanyi
Benamna Donald -Northern Colorado Hailstorm
Pirioua Brad -Istres FC
Kondogbia Geoffrey- Atletico Madrid.

Mafouta Louis -Quevilly Rouen Métropole
Manzoki Cesar -Dallam Pro FC
Namnganda Yassan – La Roche Karl
TOMPTE Eleoenal -ASV Siegendorf
Ouatching Yassan -Hearts of Oak

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