Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Who killed Rev. Fr Alexander Sob?

Was the former Catholic Education Secretary felled by stray bullets or slain for his unflinching stance that schools should run unperturbed in the NW and SW?
Late Fr Alexander Nougi Sop

There has been wailing across the town of Buea and beyond following news of the brutal killing of the former Catholic Education Secretary of the Buea diocese, Reverend Father Alexander Sob Nougi.
The prelate was shot in Muyuka, Fako Division of the South West region on Friday July 20, 2018, reports say. Until his demise, Fr Sob was serving as Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish in Bomaka, Buea.
The Catholic Church confirmed the death of the charismatic priest Saturday but did not state the exact circumstances leading to his demise.  
Some reports have it that the prelate who was in Muyuka supposedly to visit his family met his doom from stray bullets following a gun exchange between security forces and Anglophone separatist fighters while other sources say he was eliminated following his stance that schools should run unperturbed in the crisis-hit North West and South West regions. NewsWatch could not however independently verify the actual cause of Fr. Sob’s gruesome killing.
A sister publication, The Guardian Post gathered reported that Rev Fr. Sob, who was due to defend his PhD thesis in weeks, had just left the University of Buea where he gave part- time lectures in the faculty of Education, before taking off for Muyuka, a locality where he lived a majority of his days on earth.
A gun exchange between security forces and Anglophone separatist fighters in the town of the Muyuka on that fateful Friday saw Fr Sob emerge as one of the biggest casualties. An account said the humble priest was shot twice on his chest while in his car, which was parked beside the main road in the town Muyuka.
Fr. Sob was however later confirmed dead by medics at a Muyuka hospital where he was rushed to. Father Sob’s death has been received with shock and consternation. Since Friday, there has been outrage on the social media with thousands pouring out glowing tributes to the late clergy, and cursing those who may have been involved in one way or the other in his brutish murder.
Rev Fr. Alexander Nougi Sob who served for years as Catholic Education secretary of the Buea diocese was from a humble background. His father, to note, was a catholic primary school teacher who served the church dedicatedly for more than 40 years but retired poor. Having grown in the household of a catholic primary school teacher and seeing how difficult it was to survive, Fr. Sob was of the conviction that the best gift to offer teachers is to enable them live a life of maximum standards. To this, he fought tooth and nail to better the salary situation of teachers serving in schools across the Buea Diocese during his days as education secretary.

The Man

Fr Sob began his journey to priest- hood in 1985 when he got admission into Bishop Rogan College, the oldest minor seminary. He graduated from Bishop Rogan in 1992 and then moved to the St Thomas Aquinas Major semi- nary in Bambui, North West region. He left the seminary in 2001 and taught English Language at St Joseph College, Sasse, before later being transferred to the Minor Seminary in Efok, near Obala in the Centre region. Between 2007 and 2011, Fr. Sob was principal of Regina Pacis College, REPACOL, Mutengene in the South West region. While at REPACOL, Fr Sob, who later defended a Master’s degree thesis in Educational Foundations and Administration at the University of Buea, registered the best commercial results for the college at both the ordinary and Advance level. He was then catapulted in 2012 to the position of Education secretary for the Diocese of Buea. Fr Sob has a unique story as a priest. He had his ordination delayed for five years but was finally ordained priest at Obala in 2005 while he served as Discipline Master at the Efok Minor Seminary.
It was Father Sob who fought day and night for the creation of a credit union by the catholic diocese of Buea where teachers could do their savings. Sob was often quoted as saying the credit union with a membership of over 1,000 back then in 2015, has as vision to create, empower, dignify and sustain communities where poverty is eradicated through sharing for common good.
The late Fr Sob, it should be said, was a real epitome of versatility. Until his demise last week, he co-anchored a programme on CRTV’s Mount Cameroon FM in Buea, where he endeared himself to millions of the radio station’s listeners as a result of fine voice and creative dexterity. Authorities of the Buea Diocese have said they will announce his funeral pro- gramme in the days ahead.
Adapted from The Guardian Post daily newspaper

Senegalese envoy dies in Cameroon

Late Vincent Badji

Yaounde, Cameroon - The outgoing Senegalese Ambassador to Cameroon, Mr Vincent Badji, is dead, state broadcaster CRTV reported.
CRTV said that Mr Badji died of heart attack while watching television at his Yaoundé residence on Sunday.
The diplomat who had come to the end of his three-year diplomatic mission to Cameroon, was due to leave Yaoundé for the Vatican as his country’s ambassador to the Holy See.

Diplomatic practice

Mr Badji had been granted farewell audiences by Cameroon state authorities in conformity with diplomatic practice.
House Speaker Cavaye Yeguie Djibril on June 18 received the diplomat while the president of the Senate, Mr Marcel Niat Njifenji, also held talks with him on July 4.
The envoy's last public outing was when he was received by Prime Minister Philemon Yang on July 5.

The agreements

Talking to the press after the meeting with the Prime Minister, the ambassador described the ties between Cameroon and Senegal as excellent.
He said some of the high points of the cooperation were the agreements that were ready for signing; one of which is the exemption of visas for holders of official passports, decentralised cooperation and higher education.
Yaoundé, Mr Badji said, was expected to host the Cameroon-Senegal Joint Commission this year and he remained optimistic that officials of the two countries would sign the agreements during the session.
Courtesy The East African

Minister's claim that Cameroon has no jailed journalists is completely wrong

By Amindeh Blaise Atabong*

Yaounde, Cameroon - Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Minister of Communication, has once more maintained that no journalist is detained in Cameroon or has been arrested for their work, even as there is a plethora of impeccable evidence to prove the contrary. Tchiroma, who assumes the responsibility of government spokesman, has repeatedly claimed Cameroon is among the freest countries on the continent in terms of press freedom, and that journalists go about their job freely, without government reprisal. People wouldn't even believe him if he said the truth, at least in the last two years.
A mountain of evidence points to two facts: Journalists have been arrested and detained for months for regular journalism practice and Cameroon has been ranked very low by different press freedom perception indexes.
Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Minster of Communication in one of his press outings.

On May 2, 2017, Minister Tchiroma declared over the state broadcaster CRTV that no journalist was held in Cameroon for their work. Much earlier on February 15, 2017, he told the Committee to Protect Journalists that government was completely transparent and people could easily speak up their minds. Tchiroma was categorical that no journalist was in prison in Cameroon and that journalist should not “pretend to be arrested for their work.” He had made same claims to reporters during a press conference in the nation’s capital Yaounde, prior to the subsequent declarations.
The government minister may have gotten his fact wrong for one reason – most journalists who are arrested and detained are usually not formally charged over long periods. This is in gross violation of portions of Section 119 of Cameroon’s Criminal Procedure Code which stipulate that the time allowed for remand in custody shall not exceed 48 hours, renewable
But by the time Tchiroma was making his claim, Radio France Internationale's Hausa service reporter, Ahmed Abba had been held incommunicado for close to three years after being arrested in Maroua for covering the activities of the terrorist group Boko Haram. He was later charged of “non-denunciation of terrorism” and “laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts,” and sentenced to 10 years in prison on terrorism charges. Only an appeal saw his release in late 2017.

Arrests of journalists and confirmations

On February 9, 2017, three journalists were arrested in Buea: Amos Fofung Nkonchoh, South West/Littoral bureau chief of The Guardian Post daily newspaper; Atia Tilarious Azohnwi, political desk editor of The Sun weekly newspaper; and Mofor Ndong, publisher of Voice of the Voiceless newspaper. They were first detained at the Molyko and Buea Town police stations in Buea, before being transferred to the judicial police headquarters in Yaounde. The journalists were subsequently transferred to the Yaounde central prison in Kondengui.
Authorisation issued by Yaounde Military Tribunal to visit journalist detained in prison
After the journalists were arrested and detained, Minister Tchiroma still claimed no journalists was in detention for their work. Yet, by February 20, 2017, an official government body - the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms (NCHRF) - had declared that at least five journalists were under arrest.
When this reporter approached authorities to ascertain the whereabouts of the journalists, the military prosecutor of the Yaounde Military Tribunal issued him an authorisation on July 13, 2017, to visit one of the journalists, Atia Tilarious Azohnwi, in prison. This attested to the effective detention of the journalist. Upon visiting the detention facility, this reporter realised at least four other journalists to include Thomas Awah Junior of Aghem Messenger magazine, Hans Achumba of Jakiri Community Radio and Tim Finnian of Life Time newspaper were also under detention. 
Discharge order of journalist issued by prison administrators
This reporter visited the detained journalists on at least three occasions when they were held. On one occasion, journalist Amos Fofung told this reporter he was really never ‘arrested’ in the first place. “I was invited to give a statement and return home but when I got there, the police commissioner told me it was late and I could only return the next day. But it never happened until months passed by,” Amos narrated. He disclosed that it is difficult to disassociate his arrest from his work.
Since the arrest and detention of the journalists, this reporter has addressed two correspondences to the minister of communication to find out if he still stood by his claims. But the minister would not respond to any. Before the close of the year 2017, some of the detained journalists were released on separate occasions, after having spent over six months in prison ‘awaiting’ trial which never came. While others stayed back, this reporter obtained release orders issued by penitentiary authorities for some of the freed journalists.
After some of the journalists were released, Minister Tchiroma still had time to tweet on September 20, 2017: “In Cameroon, there's no risk in practising journalism or voicing one's political views.” Tchiroma’s statement is not factual as there are so many pressures and constraints on journalists and most are too intimidated to voice out threats to their practice. The minister also basks on the multiplicity of fragile media organs to mean press freedom.
One of two correspondences addressed to the Minister of Communication still awaiting response

Cameroon ranks low

Minister Tchiroma may be among the isolated number of Cameroonians who hold that there is press freedom in the country. Cameroon finds itself at the bottom position of different press freedom rankings. On Reporters Without Borders’ 2018 World Press Freedom index, Cameroon is ranked 129 out of 180 with a score of 40.92. Don’t think the situation was any better the previous years.
Freedom of journalists in Cameroon is also under threat. Freedom House rates Cameroon as ‘Not Free’ in terms of press freedom. In Cameroon, journalists’ best effort can often be thwarted by government repression, unlike the ungrounded claims made by the government spokesman.
This story was first published in the print edition of NewsWatch newspaper on Monday July 23, 2018.
*Amindeh Blaise Atabong is an investigative journalist based in Yaounde, Cameroon. He has reported extensively on cross-border conflicts, civil unrest, elections, governance and other topics from Cameroon, Central Africa Republic and Nigeria.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

UN grants HOFNA Cameroon Special Consultative Status

Bamenda,Cameroon--Community-based Non-governmental and non-profit making organization, Hope for the Needy Association (HOFNA) Cameroon has been awarded a Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations; a recognition that allows the Bamenda-based organisation to communicate directly with the NGO branch of the UN.
Christelle Bay Chongwain, Executive Director of HOFNA

The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations at its 2018 Regular Session, held from January 29 to February 7, 2018 made the recommendation which was endorsed at ECOSOC’s Coordination and Management Meeting held on April 16-18, 2018.

According to Christelle Bay Chongwain, Executive Director of HOFNA, the status that has been granted the organisation four years after they applied is a milestone in the journey of the nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping the most underprivileged and marginalized youth in Cameroon achieve lasting positive changes in their lives.

“This status is like a voice calling on us to do more; to empower more women and girls in the communities that we serve,” Christelle Bay told NewsWatch.

After taking part in the post 2015 development agenda, mobilising women and youth groups in the communities, getting their assessment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their priorities for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), HOFNA had hoped to the UN General Assembly of that year but the dream was quashed for lack of accreditation.

Christelle Bay explained that attending the United Nations general Assembly at that time would have offered them an opportunity to join their voices on a global platform to present that which women in the rural communities wanted and not to have attended the GA motivated HOFNA to continue pushing for the status which was granted last month.

With the status granted, HOFNA can now communicate directly with the NGO branch of the United Nations and host side events during UN General Assemblies. The organisation has to also designate its representatives to UN Headquarters in New York as well as to the duty stations in Geneva and Vienna.

“Anything that concerns the UN we have a special place to present our views. This is actually an opportunity for us to represent the voices of the women and girls in those rural communities at the UN platform and also an opportunity to get more people engaged in the work HOFNA is doing in Cameroon. It entails a lot and I think that it is actually the beginning of bigger work,” Christelle said.

Education for all

HOFNA was created in 2010 and registered in 2012 in the North West region with base in Bamenda. On creation HOFNA’s primary activities centred around poverty alleviation, access to education for all, human right’s education, environmental conservation, sustainable agriculture, youth and women empowerment as well as hygiene and sanitation.
With a mission of helping poor and vulnerable people in society to achieve positive and lasting changes in their lives, HOFNA has over the years succeeded in creating a positive impact in society, especially in the domain of eradicating gender-based violence through training, education and sensitization of stakeholders in the domain.

It is worthy to recall here that since its creation, HOFNA has succeeded in training over 30 traditional rulers and traditional title holders in Donga Mantung division on responding to and preventing gender-based violence.  During the training emphasis was placed on the prevention child trafficking and its attendant ills.
HOFNA saying No to child, early and forced marriages 

In the same vein, over 100 taxi drivers, bike riders, barbers and hair dressers were drilled on how to respond and prevent child trafficking and gender-based violence in their various communities in the North West region.

In order to drive home their message of fighting gender-based violence, HOFNA used theatre and debates to reach out to over 6000 students, parents and teachers. The participants were sensitized on child trafficking, the ills of early and forced marriages and other forms of school-related gender-based violence.

HOFNA has been able to curb teenage pregnancies and school dropouts by encouraging over 200 girls to stay in school over the past 6 years through leadership development programs and scholarship awards. Equally the NGO has over the years donated benches, textbooks, pens, drinking pales, charts, didactic materials and materials for extracurricular activities that are benefitting over 500 children in 5 schools in rural communities in the North West Region.

Preaching tolerance through poetry

In an era of religious extremism, HOFNA has been able to level the ground by engaging over 3000 young people to use poetry, oral literature and the unifying power of music to promote religious tolerance in Cameroon.

HOFNA in a bid to alleviate poverty has equally engaged over 200 youth and women in agriculture as a business. They have been trained on sustainable agriculture best practices for income generation through their Certified Coffee Nursery Initiative and the HOFNA Farm that has been established.
Girls take part in a HOFNA organised boot camp

HOFNA’s activities in diverse domains have impacted positively on the society. This has been so because HOFNA has help vulnerable people acquire self-reliance development through the participatory approach.  This has been possible due to the fact that HOFNA implements its activities using the sustainable community-based approach.  This approach which uses low technology is sustainable and motivates communities at the grassroots level to be propellers of their own socio-economic development. The overall impact is that the populations have a say in the policies that govern them and their families. In this wise their socio-economic development is community-driven and achieves the greatest good for the greatest majority.

 It is worthy to note that along the years HOFNA has worked with UNDP, Albany Associates and over 15 Civil Society Organizations, CSOs, from Sub-Saharan Africa to develop an application that guides CSOs and individuals plan and run effective campaigns to prevent/counter violent extremism.

With all these palpable benchmarks, it is therefore not surprising that HOFNA that plans to run a girls’ empowerment centre in the North West region gained Special Consultative Status to the United Nations ECOSOC.

By Ndi Eugene Ndi (First published in NewsWatch N° 022 of Wednesday May 16, 2018)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

MTN Business, APME launch MTN PME PACK and Masterclass

Minister Etoundi Ngoa symbolically cutting the ribbon 
Douala, Cameroon—MTN, telecoms leader in Cameroon and APME (Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency), announce the launch of MTN PME Pack and Masterclass, specially designed for SMEs/SMIs. The ceremony organised for the occasion was presided by the Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicrafts (Minpmeesa), Pr. Laurent Serge Etoundi NGOA, in the presence of Mr. Georges MPOUDI, General Manager Enterprise Business Unit of MTN Cameroon and Mr. Jean Marie Louis BADGA, General Manager of APME.

MTN PME PACK is the special integrated package that enables eligible SMEs/SMIs to benefit mobile solutions (Voice, Mobile data and SMS), hosting services (domain name, professional email address, and building of a website), mobile equipment and financial services. MTN PME PACK is subsidized at 70% by APME. The price of the pack varies between XAF140,000 all tax/year for MTN STARTER PACK BASIC, and XAF 248,000 all tax/year for MTN STARTER PACK STANDARD.

The SMEs/SMIs which shall subscribe to the MTN PME PACK shall benefit several advantages:
•          Sell more and conquer new markets through new online sales tools: creation of a website and software to manage contacts and emailing
•          Gain in terms of visibility, fame, and brand image
•          Reinforce their ICT competence
•          Improve their lifespan thanks to the subsidy of at least 70% provided by APME.

In view of further developing eligible SMEs/SMIs, MTN Business has designed Masterclasses, which are a capacity-building programme to support local SMEs/SMIs in their digital transformation. The MTN Business Masterclasses shall take place in Douala, Yaounde and Buea throughout Q4 of 2017.

The launch of MTN PME Pack and the Masterclasses, results from a partnership agreement signed between MTN Business and APME, on 11 November 2016, to support the transformation and digitalisation of Cameroonian SMEs.

Under this partnership, MTN shall provide its technologies and know-how to thousands of SMEs operating in Cameroon since 2012. APME on its part shall finance the access of enterprises to these solutions at the tune of 70%.

“This new value proposition and support programme mainly target SMEs in need of affordable communication solutions and efficient connectivity to sustain their lifespan. These enterprises can therefore focus on their core business while we provide them the locally-based necessary assistance”, indicated George Mpoudi, General Manager, MTN Business Unit at MTN Cameroon.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Political Representation: Mbororos, Pygmies Demand For Seats In Parliament And Councils

Yaounde—Indigenous peoples’ rights activists in Cameroon have hailed the government for recent strides in ensuring the aboriginal forest people (Baka, Bagyeli pygmies) and indigenous Mbororos, who are traditionally nomadic herdsmen, take part in the country's electoral process especially the 2013 municipal and legislative elections.

The representatives of the traditionally underrepresented and historically marginalised minority groups were speaking in Yaounde on the occasion of the 2017 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples last August 9; month to the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) adopted on September 14, 2007.

Statistics by the Centre for Environment and Development (CED) show that 17 indigenous forest peoples (Baka, Bagyeli pygmies) and 48 Mbororos are municipal councillors in the 360 municipal councils nationwide with 30 of them in the Northwest region alone, and a pastoralist Mbororo Mayor in the Adamawa Region.

Though activists admit there has been a marked improvement in the political representation of the minority groups within the last ten years, they say it can be improved upon should government put if government plays her role.

“There has been some improvement since 2011, but while we appreciate the efforts of the government, we still call on them to increase their efforts towards strengthening the rights of Indigenous Peoples,” said Basiru Isa, secretary general of the Network of Indigenous Peoples and Local Populations for the Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems (REPALEAC).

Section 151 (3) of the electoral code stipulates that “each list shall take into consideration the various sociological components of the constituency concerned. It shall also take into consideration gender aspects.”

Indigenous peoples’ rights defenders however think for the minority groups to fully take part in the electoral process they need certain preconditions such as possessing valid citizens’ documents like birth certificates and National ID cards, and most especially getting registered into the voters’ list. 

“These services for now are not at the reach of all indigenous peoples in Cameroon because of their geographical locations,” Basiru Isa said, further urging that authorities have to ensure such services within the reach of aboriginal Baka and Bagyeli forest pygmies as well as nomadic Mbororos.

The constitution of the country uses the terms ‘indigenous’ and ‘minorities’ in its preamble; however, it unclear to whom this reference is being made. Nevertheless, with developments in international law, the civil society and government are increasingly using the term indigenous to refer to the above-mentioned groups.

Nothing for us without us

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) highlights the importance of ensuring effective participation by indigenous peoples in decision-making at all levels and urges states to ensure effective implementation of the rule, but in Cameroon, activists say challenges are legion and so are cracks that need to be filled especially relating to political participation.

Cameroon voted in favour of the UN declaration in 2007 and according to the Ministry of Social Affairs, the country has also adopted a Plan for the Development of the “Pygmy” Peoples within the context of its Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper. Yet, vulnerable indigenous peoples say they are yet to be represented in decision-making bodies, both at local and national levels in the country.

“Our appeal to the government and decision makers in this country is that indigenous people should be given a space in political and decision making structures like the National Assembly, the Senate, local and regional councils by creating special constituencies for these people,” said Musa Usman Ndamba, first vice National President of the Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association(MBOSCUDA).

The first vice National President of MBOSCUDA expressed fear that indigenous people may not emerge when mainstream Cameroonian communities become emergent by the year 2035 according to a government growth and employment strategy plan.

“It is often said nothing for us without us, but the government is taking decisions for all Cameroonians without the presence of the representatives of indigenous people. Indigenous people might not emerge with other Cameroonians by 2035,” Usman Ndamba said.

Positive discrimination recommended

Experts recommend ‘positive discrimination’ in favour of the minority groups who may not contest and win a classical election with mainstream candidates.

Samuel Nguiffo, Secretary General of CED said the government of Cameroon can adopt laws that favour indigenous people like in the case of Burundi.

“Indigenous people cannot run for elections like mainstream candidates because they don’t have the same financial means, they are not as well-known as other candidates. So, the government can decide to create seats in parliament and the senate for them,” Samuel Nguiffo said.

The director of CED which advocates for the rights of vulnerable indigenous people said as Cameroon prepares for the 2018 set of elections, government can replicate the example of Burundi where “two indigenous people are represented at the senate.” In order to do that, Nguiffo said it is important to define a national policy for indigenous peoples, which will require a comprehensive census of indigenous communities.

“The announced general census could allow the state to acquire the means to know the exact number of indigenous people in Cameroon as their representation in local and national elective positions can help ensure that their rights are protected, and their unique interests are heard and translated into relevant policies, while at the same time preventing conflict,” Samuel Nguiffo explained.

According to the United Nations, there are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world's population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest.

According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, indigenous representation in parliament can also benefit society at large, because indigenous practices and knowledge can provide solutions to complex environmental, developmental and governance problems that all societies face today.

By Ndi Eugene Ndi/First Published in NewsWatch Newspaper No 013 of August 21, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hugo Broos says Clinton Njie’s soccer career at stake

Yaounde,Cameroon—Cameroon head coach, Hugo Broos has warned, Clinton Njie might let his career pass him by if he “does not change his ways.”

 Broos fired the warning shot recently at the Marseille striker in a press conference in Yaounde as he justified his 23-man squad for the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Njie, who was part of the squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon early this year has not had a look in at the squad since then as Broos dropped him first for the friendlies against Tunisia and Guinea in March.

He was later dropped alongside seven players who won the Afcon trophy in Gabon for different reasons.

“If he [Clinton Njie] is not going to change, he will lose his career totally. He must change his attitude and put in the work required. Even Ronaldo or Messi are always working hard,” Broos told a press conference.

“If he [Clinton Njie] doesn’t understand that, then it is a pity for him. He will never become a great player even when he has the qualities,” Broos stated saying the Cameroon international striker could ruin his career.

Broos told a press conference in Yaounde that Njie’s performance has been poor since the Gabon expedition. He said instead of concentrating on the field, the striker who has played 22 games and scored four goals since joining the Indomitable Lions in September 2014 has resorted to indiscipline, thinking he’s the best, “which doesn’t work.”

Njie started the first two games of the Africa Nations Cup against Burkina Faso and Guinea Conakry but failed to register a shot on target as he was soon relegated to the bench for the rest of the competition.

He was criticised for his performance and work rate by Cameroon football legend Roger Milla in Gabon and in a show of dissent was caught on camera refusing to shake hands with the legend though the pair later made peace.

Even at club side Olympique Marseille, Njie has managed just four goals and an assist in 23 assist in 23 appearances throughout the season.

Other players who were in Gabon but may not feature at the Confederations Cup in Russia include goalkeeper Jules Goda,  forwards Franck Boya and Salli Edgar and defenders Mohammed Djetei and Nicolas Nkoulou who announced he has retired from international football after the Gabon expedition.

Schalke04 striker, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting who snubbed a call for the AFCON in Gabon but returned to the team in March was not also included on the list of players Broos named on 18 May.

Cameroon will play in group B of the FIFA Confederations Cup alongside Chile, Australia and Germany.

According to the Indomitable Lions coach, the level of the Confederations Cup is higher than that of AFCON and Cameroonians should not be surprised that the African champion may be eliminated after their first three group games.

“It is not because we are champions of Africa that we should think we can defeat everyone. The level of the confederations Cup is higher than that of the African Cup of Nations. We are going to meet world champions, if you take Chile from South America for example, it means the team is better than Brazil, Argentina,” Hugo Broos said.

By Ndi Eugene Ndi