By Beng Emmanuel
Indomitable Lions forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will miss Cameroon’s penultimate 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification game this Saturday against the Flames of Malawi in Johannesburg.
The 32-year-old came in contact with a Covid-19 player while on club duty, but will return to the squad during their final game against Ivory Coast on November 16, if he presents a negative Covid-19 test at the end of his quarantine.
“Choupo-Moting will not be in Johannesburg on November 13 against Malawi counting for the 5th day of FIFAWC2022Q. The Bayern Munich player has been in contact with a player who tested positive for Covid 19”-A tweet from the official page of the Cameroon Football Federation read.
The tweet added: “According to the German regulations, he has observed since Saturday a quarantine of 07 days. However, arrangements have been made with his club for the player to continue his physical preparation during this period”
“At the end of the quarantine, after a negative test, Choupo-Moting, could join the selection for the November 16match against Côte d’Ivoire in Douala, counting for the 6th day of the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022”.
Choupo-Moting has scored twice for Cameroon in the on-going 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Mozambique. He will be absent alongside Nantes defender Jean Charles Castelleto who lost his dad this Tuesdayin France.
Cameroon face already eliminated Malawi on November 13 at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on match day five of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. They host familiar foes Ivory Coast three days later at the Japoma Stadium in Douala.
The five time African champions need to win their final two group games and hope leaders Ivory Coast drops points if they must reach the play-offs where Africa’s five representatives for the quadrennial football tournament will be known. They are currently second of their group with 9 points, only one behind the Elephants.
Cameroon hopes to feature at the Word Cup for a record eight times. They failed to qualify during the previous edition in 2018.