By Angu Lesley
Cameroon descent forward Samuel Nlend and goalkeeper Nzogue Desire have begun training with the senior national team of the Central Africa Republic.
Nlend and Nzogue were spotted with the rest of the Central Africa Republic squad while in training in Tanzania on Monday.
Both players invited by coach Raoul Savoy who revealed a 28-man squad last week to prepare for international friendly games against Tanzania and Sudan in Dar Es Salaam.
Nlend, 27 and on the books of Equato-Guinean side Futuro Kings featured for Cameroon at Under-17, 20, 23 and Intermediate National teams.
Unfortunately for the journeyman who was a part of the Cameroon team at the 2016 African Nations Championship, the call to the senior team has taken so long despite the great input in his five appearances for the Intermediate team, he has never been given a chance with the senior team. Nlend has decided to jap Cameroon for the Central African Republic.
26-year old Nzogue Desire previously represented Cameroon at Under-20 category and was Andre Onana and Fabrice Ondoa’s mate at the Fundesport but hasn’t enjoyed a similar success.
Just like Nlend skippered Union Sportive of Douala in his days back in Cameroon, Nzogue was once captain of cross town rivals Astre of Douala thus making both men very experienced addition.
The players could make their debut in the friendlies scheduled on March 23 and 27.
The move happens when the country’s football federation engage in the procedure to secure a nationality switch for both players before the start of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
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