Philadelphia Union defender Olivier Mbaizo has been invited to be part of the Cameroon squad for the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers for this month. The right-back has been rewarded for his good club form with the call-up ahead of the upcoming clashes with Mozambique.
Cameroon play hosts to Mozambique in what’s the third game of the ongoing AFCON qualifiers on Thursday, November 12, 2020. The return leg is scheduled for the Estadio Nacionaldo Zimpeto in Maputo, Mozambique on Monday, November 16, 2020. Mbaizo would be hoping to feature in the two AFCON qualifying games.
Cameroon began their 2021 AFCON qualifiers in Group F with a goalless draw at home to Cape Verde. The Indomitable Lions then recorded their first win of the qualifiers on Matchday 2 via the slim 1-0 victory over hosts Rwanda. They are expected to face their toughest test in the group when they face Group F leaders Mozambique twice in the space of four days.
Cameroon and Mozambique are both on four points after two games apiece but the Indomitable Lions trail their next opponents on goal difference. Mozambique beat Rwanda 2-0 at home on Matchday 1 before securing a 2-2 draw at Cape Verde on Matchday 2.
Olivier Mbaizohad previously received one call-up to the Cameroon senior football team setup and that was in September 2016. The 23-year-old right-back made his debut for the 1990 FIFA World Cup quarterfinalists as a substitute during an international friendly match with Gabon.
He was part of the Philadelphia Union squad that won a first trophy for the first time in the history of the club. Mbaizo and Philadelphia Union beat New England Revolution 2-0 to win the 2020 Supporters Shield. It was the first trophy for the club founded as recent as 2008 (12 years ago).