By Giovanni Wanneh

Sports Writer, 

Alain Djeumfa on September 22nd made public a list of 29 players; 9 internationals and 20 locals to face the Democratic Republic of Congo in the third round of the Olympic qualifier.

The list sparked lots of talks inside-out the nation as the gaffer’s list was constituted once more of unpopular choices.

On Wednesday’s press conference, coach Djeumfa took to his defence “we have many players playing outside and we took just the best. If you realised, 9 players based abroad were called”. Many have made a case against the absence of Alvine Njolle at the heart of FC Minsk’s success, as well as FC Braga’s Farida Machia, but, head-coach Djeumfa Alain seems to be the only one in millions, not to realise what those two could bring into the team.

We gave priority to local players because we have worked with them more these days” – this, he said to explain the presence of 20 locals in his team.

Perhaps the most striking remark the gaffer made on Wednesday’s presser was: “It’s a way of telling players to stay and play in Cameroon. Tomorrow you’d see a young team that can play very well“, he ended.

Alain Djeumfa despite the invitation of an outrageous number of locals promised 7 of the 9 internationals he called would be omnipresent in his squad against Congo on Thursday.

According to the head-coach, only 2 of the 9 internationals called would be sitting out Thursday’s game. Captain Aboudi Onguene would be sitting it out due to her straight red against Ethiopia, and midfield metronome, Raissa Feudjio would not feature due to 2 yellows received home and away against Ethiopia.

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