FIFA clears Cameroon to pick new recruits ahead of World Cup
ZURICH (AP) — Cameroon’s recruitment drive ahead of the World Cup continued on Monday with FIFA approving the change in international eligibility of former France Under-21 winger Georges-Kévin Nkoudou.
Nkoudou, who was with Marseille and Tottenham before joining current club Besiktas, never played for the French senior national team and could make the change to Cameroon under FIFA rules because of his family ties.
The application to FIFA was made by the Cameroonian Football Association, which is led by national team great Samuel Eto’o.
The 27-year-old Nkoudou was named last week in coach Rigobert Song’s preliminary squad for 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifying games in June. The group also included former Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham.
FIFA confirmed Ntcham’s eligibility change from France only last week though he had been called up in March for World Cup qualifying playoffs against Algeria.
The Swansea player did not take part in the playoffs as Cameroon advanced on the away-goals rule by scoring in stoppage time at the end of extra time in the second leg.
Cameroon was drawn in a World Cup group with Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. The tournament in Qatar starts on Nov. 21.
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