Cameroon call up Red Bulls’ Ambroise Oyongo for African Cup of Nations


This year just keeps on getting better and better for New York Red Bulls defender Ambroise Oyongo.

The trialist-turned-unexpected-starter has caught the attention of his home nation, and will now be part of Cameroon’s squad as they take part in the prestigious African Cup of Nations.

Cameroon finds themselves in Group D of the tournament, facing DR Congo, Sierra Leone and perennial African power, Ivory Coast. Oyongo, 23, will travel with the club as they take on Congo on September 6th at the Stade TP Mazembe, Lubumbashi and will then be in the pool for the Ivory Coast on the 10th. Like teammate, Tim Cahill, Oyongo will miss the Red Bulls, Sporting K.C. home match; a pivotal encounter for New York. He will also likely be out for the following encounter against Eastern Conference rivals, D.C. United.

Unlike Cahill, this will only be Oyongo’s second exposure with Cameroon’s National Team after earning a start last season in a victory over Gabon.

Costa Rican left back Roy Miller has also made his countries provisional roster for their row of matches in the Copa Centroamericana, further depleting New York as they face a vital and congested six week run into September.

Here is Cameroon’s full roster:

Goalkeepers: Pierre Sylvain Abogo (Tonnerre Yaounde), Guy Roland Ndy Assembe (Nancy), Joseph Ondoua (Barcelona)

Defenders: Frank Bagnack (Barcelona), Gaetan Bong (Olympiakos), Cedric Djeugoue (Coton Sport), Jerome Guiahota (Valenciennes), Joel Matip (Schalke 04), Nicolas Nkoulou (Olympique de Marseille), Ambroise Oyongo (New York Red Bulls)

Midfielders: Enoh Eyong (Antalyaspor), Marc Kibong Mbamba (Konyaspor), Raoul Cedric Loe (Osasuna), Georges Mandjeck (Kayseri Erciyesspor), Stephane Mbia (Queens Park Rangers), Benjamin Moukandjo (Stade Reims), Landry Nguemo (Girondins Bordeaux), Edgar Salli (Monaco), Guy Christian Zock (Cosmos Bafia)

Forwards: Vincent Aboubakar (Lorient), Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting (Schalke 04), Jean Marie Dongou (Barcelona), Frank Etoundi (FC Zurich), Leonard Kwueke (Rizespor), Clinton Njie (Olympique Lyonnaise).