By Eyong Macdela
Hosts Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and Ethiopia, Group A rivals have named their squads ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Hosts Cameroon have picked a strong squad of 28 players including at least seven players from the 2017 winning squad.
The likes of Michael Ngadeu, Fai Collins, Toko Ekambi, Njie Clinton and Vincent Aboubakar will be out for a second AFCON tournament success.
Goalkeepers: Simon Medjo Omossola (AS Vita Club, DR Congo), Devis Epassy Mbota (OFI Crete, Greece), Andre Onana Onana (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands), Jean Efala Komguep (Akwa United FC, Nigeria).
Defenders: Collins Fai Ngoran (Standard Liege, Belgium), Olivier Mbaizo (Philadelphia Union, USA), Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (Gent, Belgium), Jean-Charles Castelletto (Nantes, France), Harold Moukoudi (Saint Etienne, France), Enzo Ebosse (SCO Angers, France), Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo (Montpellier, France), Jerome Onguene (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Nouhou Tolo (Seattle Sounders, USA).
Midfielders: Jean Onana Junior (Bordeaux, France), Malong Kunde (Olympiakos, Greece), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Napoli, Italy), Samuel Gouet Oum (Mechelen, Belgium), Martin Hongla (Hellas Verona, Italy), Andrew James Lea Siliki (Middlesbrough, England), Yvan Neyou (Saint Etienne, France).
Forwards: Ignatius Ganago (RC Lens, France), Christian Bassogog (Shanghai Shenua, China), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern Munich, Germany), Stephane Bahoken (SCO Angers, France), Karl Toko-Ekambi (Olympique Lyon, France), Moumi Ngamaleu (Young Boys, Switzerland), Vincent Aboubakar (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Clinton Njie (Dinamo Moscow, Russia
Pedro Brito Bubista who is head coach of Cape Verde has picked out a majority of international players with just one home based player in the squad.
The blue Sharks will make their Third AFCON appearance since reaching the quarter finals in 2013 on their debut with second choice goalkeeper Keven Ramos of Mindelese being the only only player on the list who plays for a Cape Verdian club.
Cape Verde will knock heads with Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Host Cameroon in Group A’s final game on January 17, 2022.
Contrary to Coach Bubista’s choice of selection, Ethiopia have named predominantly twenty-five local players to represent their country Captained by Geteneh Kebede.
Cape Verde will face Ethiopia on the opening day of the tournament, January 9 at the Olembe Stadium right after host Nation Cameroon takes on Burkina Faso.
Cape Verde’s squad for AFCON 2021
Goalkeepers: Vozinha (AEL Limassol, Cyprus), Marcio da Rosa (Montalegre, Portugal), Keven Ramos (Mindelese, Cape Verde).
Defenders: Stopira (Fehervar, Hungary), Steven Fortes (Oostende, Belgium), Jeffry Fortes (De Graafschap, Netherlands), Steve Furtado (Beroe, Bulgaria), Roberto Lopes (Shamrock Rovers, Republic of Ireland), Joao Paulo Fernandes (Feirense, Portugal), Diney Borges (AS Far, Morocco), Ponck (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey), Dylan Tavares (Neuchatel Xamax, Switzerland).
Midfielders: Kenny Rocha (Oostende, Belgium), Nuno Borges (Casa Pia, Portugal), Patrick Andrade (Qarabag, Azerbaijan), Jamiro Monteior (Philadelphia Union, USA), Nenass (Aalesund, Norway), Marco Soares (Arouca, Portugal).
Forwards: Ryan Mendes (Al Nasr, UAE), Willy Semedo (Pafos, Cyprus), Gilson Tavares (Estoril-Praia, Portugal), Willis Furtado (FK Jerv, Norway), Julio Tavares (Al Faisaly, Saudi Arabia), Garry Rodrigues (Olympiakos, Greece), Lisandro Semedo (Fortuna Sittard, Netherlands), Djaniny Semedo (Trabzonsport, Turkey).
Ethiopia squad for Afcon 2021
Goalkeepers: Teklemariam Shanko (Sidama Coffee, Ethiopia), Fasil Gebremichael (Bahir Dar Ketema, Ethiopia), Jemal Tassew (Adama Ketema, Ethiopia).
Defenders: Asrat Tunjo (Ethiopian Coffee, Ethiopia), Suleiman Hamid (St George, Ethiopia), Remedan Yesouf (Wolkite K, Ethiopia), Desta Yohannes (Adama K, Ethiopia), Aschalew Tamene (Fasil K, Ethiopia), Yared Bayeh (Fasil K, Ethiopia), Mignot Debebe (St George, Ethiopia), Menaf Awol (Bahir Dar K, Ethiopia).
Midfielders: Amanuel Yohannes (Ethiopian Coffee, Ethiopia), Gatuoch Panom (St George, Ethiopia), Shemeles Bekele (El Gouna, Egypt), Mesoud Mohammed (Jimma AJ, Ethiopia), Fitsum Alemu (Bahir Dar K, Ethiopia), Firew Solomon (Sidama Coffee, Ethiopia), Bezabeh Meleyou (Fasil K, Ethiopia).
Forwards: Abubeker Nassir (Ethiopian Coffee, Ethiopia), Getaneh Kebede (Wolkite K, Ethiopia), Amanuel Gebremichael (St George, Ethiopia), Shemeket Gugsa (Fasil K, Ethiopia), Mujib Kassim (JS Kabylie, Algeria), Mesfin Taffese (Hawassa K, Ethiopia), Dawa Hottesa (Adama K, Ethiopia).
Burkina Faso’s squad of 29 players:
Hervé Kouakou KOFFI (Sporting de Charleroi, Belgium)
Farid Sofiane OUÉDRAOGO (Majestic SC, Burkina Faso D1),
Kilian NIKIEMA (ADO Den Haag U21, Netherlands),
Aboubacar Babayouré SAWADOGO (RCK, Burkina Faso D1)
5-Edmond TAPSOBA (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany, D1)
Issoufou DAYO (RS Berkane, Morocco D1)
Yacouba Nasser DJIGA (FC Bâle , Switzerland D1), Soumaïla OUATTARA (FUS de Rabat, Morocco D1), Steeve YAGO (Aris Limassol, Cyprus D1), Issa KABORE (Troyes, France D1), Patrick MALO (Hassania Agadir, Morocco D1 ), Oula Abass TRAORÉ (Horoya AC, Guinée D1), Hermann NIKIEMA (SALITAS FC, Burkina Faso D1)
Gustavo Fabrice SANGARÉ (Quevilly-Rouen, France D2), Dramane NIKIEMA (Horoya AC, Guinea D1), Adama GUIRA (Racing Rioja CF, Spain D4), Blati TOURÉ (AFC Eskilstuna, Sweden D2), Ismahila OUEDRAOGO (PAOK Salonia B, Grèce D2)
19-Saïdou SIMPORÉ (Ittihad Alexandrie, Égypt D1)
Bertrand TRAORÉ (Aston Villa, Angleterre D1), Zakaria SANOGO (Ararat-Armenia, Arménie D1 ), Cyrille BAYALA (AC Ajaccio , France D2), Éric TRAORE (Pyramids FC, Egypt D1), Mohamed KONATE (Akhmat Grozny, Russia D1), Dango Aboubacar Faissal OUATTARA (FC Lorient, France D1), Boureima Hassane BANDÉ (NK Istra, Croatia D1), Abdoul Fessal TAPSOBA (Standard de Liège, Belgium D1), Jean Botué Fiacre KOUAMÉ (AC Ajaccio , France D2), Cheick Djibril OUATTARA (OC Safi, Morocco D1)
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