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Why Star-studded Indomitable Lions chose to train at Camp Toyoyo

Five-time African champions Cameroon held a one and a half hour training session at Camp Toyoyo grounds in Nairobi on Tuesday ahead of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) second round qualifier against Comoros scheduled for September 8 in Moroni.

The 23-man squad trained on the artificial turf under tight security on Tuesday evening with fans having a glance of the stars’ session from the fence.

The team, which is coached by retired Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf assisted by countryman Patrick Kluivert, have pitched a four-day camp in Nairobi and are set to depart for Moroni on Thursday.

Sources close to the team said they preferred the artificial turf to acclimatize with that in Moroni where the game is scheduled to be played.

LEFT OUT

The “Indomitable Lions” top Group B with three points similar to Malawi who saw off Comoros by a solitary goal in the first round first leg June last year.

Cameroon edged out Morocco 1-0 in the first round first leg staged in Yaounde last year.

The West African nation on August 4 appointed former Dutch international Seedorf as the head coach to be assisted by compatriot Kluivert.

FC Porto’s Vincent Aboubakar is among the players named in the squad while the 2017 Afcon best player Christian Bassogog is surprisingly left out.

Bassogog, who plies his trade with Chinese side Henan Jianye, was reportedly dropped by Seedorf alongside Benjamin Moukandjo who also turns out for Chinese outfit Beijing Renhe.

The two stars featured in the team’s 1-0 win over Morocco June last year.