The Desert Foxes of Algeria recently won the 2019 AFCON in Egypt with 14 players born outside of Africa. Madagascar qualified for the AFCON for the first time with many players with dual nationality. This looks to be the new trend, as many nations are now taking advantage of players with dual nationality that are still eligible to play for them. There are several promising youngsters in Europe eligible for Cameroon.
The French national team has been the most beneficiary from players with dual nationality. They have always built their team with players with heritage from Africa and the rest of the world. In 1998, the French team that won the 1998 FIFA World cup had players like Zinedine Zidane (Algeria), Marcel Desailly (Ghana), Robert Pires (Portugal), David Trezeguet (Argentina), Youri Djorkaeff (Armenia) and Patrick Vieira (Senegal).
The French team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia had 14 representatives with African heritage.
In the past, Charles Itandje, Eric Maxime Choupo Moting, Joel Matip, Marvin Matip switched allegiances from their European nations for the Indomitable Lions and more recently Paul George Ntep and Tristan Dingombe – who are at the fringes of the current squad.
There is a new wave of emerging talents that could be hugely beneficial to the Indomitable Lions with the right follow up and professional set-up around the team, led by Bordeaux midfield duo Aurelien Djani Tchouameni and Albert-Nicolas Lottin.
Both players came through the ranks of the Bordeaux academy. Tchouameni is 19 and has played for France at the U-16, 17, 18 and 19 categories. While 17 years old Lottin is also seriously considered for selection in the French youth teams. They have both been in Bordeaux’s first team since last season and started in their first game of the current season against Angers.
Another eye catching youngster in France is highly-rated 20 year old forward Timothee Nkada, who just secured a move from his boyhood club Rennes to Stade de Reims. He scored 14 goals in 23 games for Rennes’ reserves last season.
Fecafoot and Cameroon’s different national team head coaches should be actively monitoring the progress of several of the Europe born talented players in France and England especially. Some great prospects are James Edward Lea Siliki (23, Rennes, winger), Gerzino Nyamsi (20, Rennes, central defender), Byran Mbuemo (19, Brentford, forward), Aurelien Nguiamba (20, AS Nancy, midfielder), William Saliba (18, Saint Etienne, defender), Jule Olivier Ntcham (23, Celtic Glasgow, midfielder) and Harold Moukoudi (21, Saint Etienne, defender) who are eligible for Ireland and England respectively.
This is not in any way aimed at undermining the highly talented players in the current national teams of Cameroon, but rather advocating for action to be taken to see that they secure as many talented players as possible, so as to increase their chances of bringing more glory to the hugely blessed and illustrious football nation.