AFCON AFCON 2023: Cameroon Replace Mughe With Ngamaleu As Other Teams Adjust Squad

After being named on Thursday as a late replacement in their Africa Cup of Nations squad that is travelling to the Ivory Coast later this month, winger Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu will make his comeback to the Cameroon squad.

The 29-year-old Ngamaleu was left off of the first roster for this event, which begins on Saturday, despite being one of his nation’s most important players when they hosted the finals two years ago.

He performed in the 2022 World Cup finals as well.

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He enters at the last minute to take Regis Mughe’s place, an uncapped adolescent who decided not to play for the Indomitable Lions rather to stay with his French club Olympique de Marseille.

Several nations, including Cameroon, were forced to make last-minute adjustments as the squad submission deadline expired on Wednesday.

Algeria will now be without veteran custodian Rais Mbolhi due to an injury, after the loss of striker Amine Gouiri.

The Algerian Federation claimed that Mustafa Zaghba, who is based in Saudi Arabia, has taken the position of the 37-year-old, who was almost to his 100th cap.

Uncapped Ahmed Nabil Kouka, an exciting call-up who had been playing well for African champions Al Ahly, has left Egypt due to a foot injury sustained during training.

He is swapped out for Mohanad Lashin.

After suffering a knee injury, fullback Osama Galal was replaced on Wednesday by Yasser Ibrahim, whose exclusion from the squad had drawn harsh criticism from Egyptian analysts.

Seifeddine Jaziri has taken Mortadha Ben Ouanes’ place as the starting striker for Tunisia, since the federation stated that Ben Ouanes’ withdrawal was due to family matters. At the most recent Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon, two years ago, Tunisia’s star attacker was the 30-year-old Jaziri.

Babacar Diop, the custodian for Mauritania, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during a workout in Tunisia, where they are training for the competition. He had surgery on Wednesday. There is currently no word of a successor.

The 24 competing nations had until Wednesday to announce their starting lineups, which may include up to 27 players. In addition, injured players could be added to the squad up until kickoff of their first game, but only after providing medical documentation.

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