First Team

Arnaud caps return with Cameroon call-up

7th November 2018

Arnaud Djoum has capped off a terrific return from injury by receiving a call-up to the Cameroon squad for their upcoming matches against Morocco and Brazil.

The Yaoundé-born midfielder has been in scintillating form for Craig Levein’s men this season, starring in a wide left role rather than his normal central position.

It marks a fantastic few weeks for Djoum after he was ruled out for six months in February when he ruptured his achilles playing away at Ross County.

He made his return in September against St Mirren and has started every game since the Betfred Cup quarter-final clash against Motherwell later that month.

The 29-year-old hasn’t added to his 16 international caps since September last year when he featured in two World Cup qualifying games against Nigeria.

He is now back in the squad after being selected by new boss Clarence Seedorf, who has also brought in Patrick Kluivert as his assistant after his appointment in August.

The first game against Morocco takes place in Casablanca on November 16th and is Cameroon’s penultimate game in their African Cup of Nations 2019 Qualifying campaign.

It may sound strange given Cameroon have already qualified for the tournament as hosts but they are continuing to play in the group stage and will qualify regardless of their position.

The Indomitable Lions currently sit top of their group, which also includes Malawi and Comoros – who they will play in March.

Cameroon are hosting the tournament after their victory in AFCON 2017, in which Arnaud starred and played the full 90 minutes in the final against Egypt.

The second game Cameroon will play during the break is a friendly against Brazil on November 20th which is being played at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes.

They have played Brazil five times before with the last match coming in the 2014 World Cup when the sides met in Group A, with tournament hosts Brazil recording a 4-1 win.

The Seleção squad for the friendly against Cameroon includes the likes of Alisson, Marcelo, Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Casemiro, Gabriel Jesus and Neymar.