SoccerThese twelve “Swiss” will go to the CAN
The African Cup of Nations will be played from January 9 to February 6. On Cameroonian lawns, there will be representatives of Swiss football, from the Super League… to the 2nd Inter league.
Swiss football will not be forgotten at the next African Cup of Nations. Unless the situation turns around – and it would be daring to allow ourselves to exclude him – there will be twelve players to play in a club within our borders to go to Cameroon from January 9 to February 6. With therefore the risk that certain elements are missing when the championships resume on the weekend of January 29 and 30.
Even if no club is overrepresented. Only Young Boys will have to compose two weeks without two of its players. The Bernese can even be relieved that the Democratic Republic of the Congo did not qualify, otherwise Meschack Elia would have been a candidate. Overview of the “Swiss” selected for the competition, from the Super League to the… 2nd interregional league.
Group A (Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cape Verde)
Cameroon: Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu is a regular at the Indomitable Lions. The Young Boys winger has around 30 caps, scoring four goals, and has become a regular starter in recent months.
Burkina Faso: It is the whole problem of the CAN which is expressed with Nasser Djiga. That he was selected from a provisional list of 29 players was not a huge surprise given the talent hinted at by the 19-year-old central defender (8 matches in all competitions). Except that the Basel will not finally make the trip to Cameroon. It was Aristide Bancé, a member of the Burkinabe staff, who announced it: Djiga was not authorized by the FCB to make the trip. Djiga, well aware of the stakes, then chose to align himself with the position of his club. Shame.
Green cap: The Challenge League will also be represented in Cameroon, notably through Dylan Tavares. The left side of Neuchâtel Xamax, born in Geneva, has been playing for his country of origin since October 2020. At 25, he has already compiled eight selections and will have the opportunity to increase his total during this CAN, the first for him.
Group B (Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Malawi)
Guinea: YB has been successfully prospecting for several years in African lands. It is therefore not hazardous to find another “Bernese” in Cameroonian lands. Mohamed Ali Camara will have the task of holding the Guinean defense, where he has won since the start of 2021. At 24, he still has the opportunity to turn a corner.
Group C (Morocco, Ghana, Comoros, Gabon)
Ghana: Perhaps Peter Zeidler hopes so: that Ghana does not go particularly far in this competition. Because Saint-Gall will see his goalkeeper Lawrence Ati Zigi leave in full preparation. Unless coach Milovan Rajevac decides to cross out his name at the last moment. He has so far retained 30 players (including four goalkeepers), out of the 28 authorized. Even if Zigi has been part of the Black Stars since 2018, without however being a starter. Recently, it was Joe Wollacott (Swindon Town) who was aligned.
Comoros: Vidy’s wind carries to the CAN. For their first participation in the competition, the Comoros will embark with them two players from Stade Lausanne-Ouchy. The two Marseillais Rafidine Abdullah and Mohamed Abdallah will indeed be on the trip, they who have been attending the selection for several years already.
Group D (Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau)
Guinea-Bissau: From the Promotion League to the African Cup. Trained in Sion, the young striker (20 years old) Mauro Rodrigues has three match ends in the first team and usually plays with the U21s. But his Bissau-Guinean origins earned him being called up for selection, for the first time at the start of 2021. He now has 2 selections, but can dream of increasing his total in the most prestigious of competitions. African.
Group E (Algeria, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast)
Algeria: Arrived discreetly in Lugano at the end of the summer transfer window, shortly after the takeover of the Ticino club by Joe Mansueto, Mohamed El Amine Amoura (21) has not yet established himself as a starter at Cornaredo. But his entries gave a glimpse of great promise, for this small attacking midfielder who was very skilled technically. Coming directly from Algeria, he enjoys a good rating there, he who is presented as one of the surest hopes of this country. It is therefore no coincidence that coach Djamel Belmadi called on him in his list of 28, with the ambition of retaining his title acquired in 2019.
Ivory Coast: At 37, Geoffroy Serey Dié necessarily has something of the veteran. But he holds his last challenge: returned to Sion with the objective of going to the CAN, he is on the way to achieving it. It is at least part of the list of Patrice Beaumelle. Will he be able to play, he who had a contrasting first part of the season in Valais? Regardless, Serey Dié’s impact goes far beyond the field.
Group F (Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia)
Gambia: The chef’s surprise. There will be a 2nd league inter player at the CAN! Not unknown to the general public, that said, since it is Pa Modou Jagne. The former left side of Saint-Gall and Sion had not had a club since the summer of 2020 and the end of his contract in Zurich. In the spring of 2021, he therefore found employment at FC Dietikon, where he plays regularly (and scores, with 3 goals since the start of the season).
And then, at 32, Pa Modou is the captain of his selection. Makes sense to keep it. As for Assan Ceesay, terribly in shape in the jersey of FCZ since the start of the season with 11 goals and 6 assists. In October, he confirmed with his national team, scoring three goals in two matches. The opportunity to grow the form of his life at the highest level.
This Gambian selection definitely has a strong Swiss accent, since it will also include a former Swiss international hopeful. This is Saidy Janko, ex-right side of Young Boys and passed among the juniors of Manchester United. Today in Villarreal, this native of Zurich has chosen to play for his country of origin this autumn. He logically established himself there as an indisputable holder.