The Niger national team arrived in Cameroon on January 4 where they began groundwork for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in the country’s largest city, Douala, under coach Harouna Doula Gabde and assisted by former Marseille and Lens manager, Frenchman Rolland Courbis.
The team is using the facilities at the Kadji Sport Academy, where the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Idriss Carlos Kameni, Nicolas Nkoulou and Stephan Mbia were groomed.
Currently testing players from an initial list of 26, the squad will be reduced to 23 at the end of the workshop, according to Courbis.
“We still have 26 players in camp, but we’ll be releasing two or three by tomorrow to stay with those to make the trip to Gabon,” Courbis told reporters after Monday’s training session. “We’ll be able to announce our final list of 23 no later than Wednesday.”
Out of the 26 men 15 are professionals, with three based in Cameroon and playing with league champions Coton Sport de Garoua.
Niger will open their campaign against co-hosts Gabon on January 23 before subsequently meeting north African giants Tunisia and Morocco.