It is an entirely reshuffled Lion's squad that will take on Italy in a friendly encounter next March 3rd at the Louis II stadium in Monaco, France. Seven of the players who took part in the expedition to the African Cup of Nations in Angola, have been left out including emblematic names like Rigobert Song and Geremi Sorel Njitap. The other absentees include Stephane Bikey Amougou, Giles Augustin Binya, Aurélien Chedjou, Guy Roland Ndy and Paul Claudel Efoulou.
Among the players shortlisted for the friendly, are returnees like Benoit Assou Ekoto who had an injury before the African Cup of Nations, alongside his teammate at Tottenham, Sebastien Bassong. Joel Matip who was shortlisted for the African Cup of Nations but failed to show-up, has once more been called to the Lions. However, the way is now clear for him to join the Lions as he has been granted a Cameroonian passport alongside his elder brother, Marvin Matip, who is equally willing to play with the national team. The establishment of the passports follows discussions the minister of Sports and Physical Education had with the parents of the two players. From the outlook of things, Paul Le Guen is still in quest of a team to represent Cameroon at the World Cup in South Africa since his appointment about some six months ago and the public clamour for new blood to be injected into the squad seems to have greatly influenced his decision.