Cameroon will approach 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) that starts on January 16 to February 7 without two players caretaker coach Alexandre Belinga had planned to build his team around.

According to, central defender Ronald Ngah and holding midfielder Christian Zock picked up injuries in the 1-1 friendly match against Rwanda at the Umuganda Stadium in Gesenyi Rubavu.

Zock and Ngah were kingpins in the squad. The team is going to miss them

Cameroon press officer Simon Molombe Lyonga told the website before revealing that Ngah has a recurring hamstring injury from pre-tournament training last December in Yaounde that was expected to heal by mid-January but it wasn’t the case.

Zocktore picked up a right ankle injury in the friendly and his exclusion from the tournament was confirmed by team doctor Jean Marc Mbonjo Ngallehe.

Junior Mfede, son to Cameroon legend Louis Paul Mfede will replace Zock while Ngah‘s place on the team will be taken by Mahamat Harouna.

According to Cameroon’s assistant coach Ernest Agbor, Mfede and Harouna will deliver.

They have been working with the group for the past three months and will multiply the value of the team technically, physically, tactically and psychologically. They were only left out at the last moment so they understand what we are doing with the group

The Indomitable Lions are currently training in Kigali and will head to Kampala next Tuesday to face Uganda in a friendly game as part of their preparations for Chan 2016.

When: January 16 – February 6
Where: Rwanda

Group A: Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Gabon
Group B: DRC, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Angola
Group C: Tunisia, Guinea, Niger, Nigeria
Group D: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Mali

Opening group fixtures

Saturday, 16 January 2016
Rwanda vs Ivory Coast (Amahoro Stadium, 15:00) 
Gabon vs Morocco (Amahoro Stadium, 18:00)

Sunday, 17 January 2016
DR Congo vs Ethiopia (Huye Stadium, 15:00) 
Angola vs Cameroon (Huye Stadium, 18:00)

Monday, 18 January 2016
Tunisia vs Guinea (Kigali Regional Stadium, 15:00)
Nigeria vs Niger (Kigali Regional Stadium, 18:00)

Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Zimbabwe vs Zambia (Rubavu Stadium, 15:00) 
Mali vs Uganda (Rubavu Stadium, 18:00)

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