As has been the case with notably South Africa and Nigeria, Cameroon would depend largely on their home-based players for success at the All- Africa Games.
Coach Carl Enow Ngachu said: “We called 12 professionals who were unable to make the trip.”
The Indomitable Lionesses who were the only African country to progree beyond the group stage at this year’s FIFA Women’s WorldCup, would miss the services of some very influential players that helped them achieve that feat.
Some foreign-based players like Gaëlle Deborah Enganamouit, Gabrielle Aboudi Onguéné, Nchout Njoya Ajara, Cathy Bou Ndjouh and Grace Ngock Yango could not travel to Brazzaville with the team since their clubs abroad refused to release them.
It’s just unfortunate that the African Games is yet to be recognised by FIFA – same issue with the Africa Women Championship. Nevertheless, Ngachu sees it as an opportunity to discover fresh legs for the national team from the country’s league.
“We put a focus on girls who play Cameroon, it is an opportunity for them to show their know-how, especially as we prepare the Can 2016 and October we have a qualifying match at the Olympic Games in Rio next year,” Ngachu explained.
Cameroon will meet Ghana and South Africa in the first round of the tournament. Egypt withdrew.