YAOUNDE, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Cameroon's German coach Otto Pfister named his 23-man squad on Thursday for the African Nations Cup which kicks off in Ghana on. Jan 20.
The four-times African champions have included Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o, who has been excused from their training camp in Burkina Faso under an agreement with the Spanish club.
'Barcelona had two crucial matches which his club explained the striker could not miss,' Pfister told state radio from the Burkina capital Ouagadougou. 'He's in very good form and will not have any problem integrating into the squad in Ghana.'
The players are expected to return home next week before leaving for Ghana where they face Egypt, Sudan and Zambia in Group C. They start against Egypt in Kumasi on Jan. 22.
Goalkeepers: Kameni Idriss Carlos (Espanyol, Spain), Hamidou Souleymanou (Denizlispor, Turkey), Janvier Mbarga (Canon Sportif)
Defenders: Rigobert Song (Galatasaray, Turkey), Andre Bikey (Reading, England), Timothee Atouba (Hamburg, Germany), Bill Tchato (Qatar Sport, Qatar), Benoit Angbwa (Saturn, Russia), Gilles Augustin Binya (Benfica, Portugal)
Midfielders: Geremi (Newcastle United, England), Alexandre Song (Arsenal, England), Achille Emana (Toulouse, France), Jean Joel Epalle (Vfl Bochum, Germany), Jean Makoun (Lille, France), Landry Nguemo (Nancy, France), Modeste Mbami (Olympique Marseille, France), Paul Tchamba Essola (Arsenal Kiev, Ukraine), Stephane Mbia Etoundi (Stade Rennes, France), Alain Nkong (Atlente, Mexico)
Forwards: Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona, Spain), Bertin Tomou (Excelsior Mouscron, Belgium), Mohamadou Idrissou (MSV Duisburg, Germany), Joseph Desire Job (Nice, France)