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Bulls Abroad: Oyongo confirmed in Cameroon's 2015 Africa Cup of Nations squad, misses friendly against South Africa

Ambroise Oyongo is officially heading to Equatorial Guinea with his national team...

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This has been a big week for Ambroise Oyongo: not only did he officially sign for the New York Red Bulls, but he was also officially confirmed as part of Cameroon's 23-man squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

This was also an odd week for Ambroise Oyongo: one could be forgiven for regarding neither of those pieces of information as news - not in early January. Oyongo's "signing" for the Red Bulls was announced in March 2014; he was named to head coach Volker Finke's Indomitable Lions squad for AFCON in December.

But we have subsequently learned Oyongo's last season at RBNY was a loan from a club he never played for (Rainbow FC), and Finke's December announcement was a provisional squad.

All is finalized now. Oyongo is a Red Bull and a Cameroon international angling to represent his country at his continent's biggest tournament.

Add to that the report that Cameroon has reworked its appearance bonuses - suggesting Oyongo's contribution to the Lions' AFCON qualifying campaign looks worth at least $45,000 (his reported salary for RBNY in 2014 was $36,500).

That's a lot of good news for one man to process, which may explain why Oyongo was missing from the Indomitable Lions squad that played South Africa in an AFCON warm-up on January 10.

As happened in their previous match, the Lions scored first, then let their opponents back into the game. Substitute Sibusiso Vilakazi scored the equalizer for South Africa; Vincent Aboubakar scored for Cameroon; 1-1 final score.

The Lions might be playing a third friendly on January 14, which was announced as part of their pre-tournament training program. They also might not: an opponent has yet to be named.

AFCON starts for Cameroon on January 20 with a group stage match against Mali.