CAR: Raoul Savoy names former Cameroon internationals in 28-man squad to face Tanzania & Sudan

Central African Republic team photo during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Central African Republic and Nigeria held at the Omnisports Stadium in Ngaoundere, Cameroon on 10 October 2021

Samuel Nlend and Nzogue Desire represented Cameroon in the junior categories, but have now been called up to the Central African Republic's National team.

The head coach of "Les Fauves" of Central African Republic Raoul Savoy, has included former Cameroon youth internationals Samuel Nlend and Nzogue Desire, to a list of players to face Tanzania and Sudan later this month, in two friendly games.

27-year-old Nlend who plies his trade with Equatorial Guinean club Futuro Kings, is a surprise inclusion in Savoy's squad, as he previously represented Cameroon at the youths level. The former captain of Union of Douala, also represented Cameroon during the 2016 TotalEnergies African Nations championship in Rwanda, and has earned call ups to the different youth selections of the Cameroon National team before now.

Goalkeeper Nzogue Desire currently in the books of Cameroon top tier side, New Stars of Douala, has once featured for Cameroon at the U-20 category, but just like Samuel Nlend, the 26\year\old has now switched allegiance to The Central African Republic.

Both Nlend and Nzogue will likely participate in the friendly matches but will need FIFA clearance to represent Central Africa Republic when the AFCON 2023 qualifiers gets underway in June.

Amongst the 28 players summoned by Raoul Savoy, ten are based out of the continent, while 13 are employees of domestic club. The other five players have been picked from clubs across the continent.

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Goalkeeper Emmanuel Takolingba of AS Tempête Mocaf leads the goalkeeping trio, with Cédric Zouangba of DFC 8ème Arrondissement and Nzogue Desire of New Stars of Douala completing the goalkeeping compartment.

Captain Saint-Cyr Ngam Ngam, heads the 11 defenders, with 19-year-old Paris FC defender, Hugo Gambor who earns his first call up. United States-based Bissafi Dotté of Campbell Fighting Camels football, is one of new defensive options Raoul Savoy will be counting on.

Experienced Tresór Toropité headlines the seven midfielders, alongside 19-year-old Isaac Ngoma, who was one of the star performers of the TotalEnergies Under-20 AFCON 2021 in Mauritania. 

France-based Georgino M'Vondo of Angoulême Charente FC is one of the six forwards, alongside new boy Samuel Nlend of Futuro Kings FC, who will be in contention for his first cap. 

The squad is without 29-year-old Atletico Madrid star Geoffrey Edwin Kondogbia who has been out of international football for as many months.

The Central African Republic will play Tanzania on March 23, before facing Sudan three days later, in friendly games which will help them better prepare for the eliminatries of the TotalEnergies AFCON 2023. Both friendly games will be played in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Central African Republic players warms up during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Central African Republic and Nigeria held at the Omnisports Stadium in Ngaoundere, Cameroon on 10 October 2021

Goalkeepers: Emmanuel Takolingba (AS Tempête Mocaf), Cédric Zouangba (DFC 8ème Arrondissement), Désiré N'Zogué (New Stars of Douala).

Defenders: Saint-Cyr Ngam Ngam (DFC 8ème Arrondissement), Sadock Ndobé (AS Tempête Mocaf), Flory Yangao (Olympic Real de Bangui), Thibault Ban (Anges de Fatima)Freeman Niamathé (Red Star Bangui FC), Peter Abraham Guinari (FC Pipinsried), Sidney Dambakizi (Anges de Fatima), Cyriaque Mayounga-Ngolou (FK Senica), Hugo Gambor(Paris FC), Bissafi Dotté (Campbell Fighting Camels football), Rayan Kadima (FC Stade Lausanne Ouchy)

Midfielders: Tresór Toropité (DFC 8ème Arrondissement), Jannick Jospin Gaopandia(Anges de Fatima), Melky-Jerede Ndokomandji (Olympic Real de Bangui), Isaac Ngoma (Anges de Fatima), Brad Thomas Pirioua (Atlético Porcuna CF), Theodor Yawanendji (Gasogi United), Soleil Mongolobao (Olympic Real de Bangui)

Forwards: Georgino M'Vondo Ze (Angoulême Charente FC), Samuel Nlend )Futuro Kings FC), Karl Maxence Namnganda (Les Herbiers VF), Christopher Fourmy (Stade Poitevin FC), Severin Tatolna (Skellefteå FF), Lobi Manzoki (Vipers SC)