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Bulls Abroad: Anatole Abang plays in Cameroon's 1-1 tie with Olympique Marseille

It won't count as a cap, but it was a run-out for his national team.

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Club-vs-country match-ups do not traditionally feature in official records, so Anatole Abang did not technically win a cap for Cameroon in his national team's 1-1 tie with Olympique de Marseille on October 5.

Nonetheless, he played in the Indomitable Lions' warm-up for their October 9 World Cup qualifying match against Algeria.

Head coach Hugo Broos took full advantage of the friendly, swapping out almost the entire team at half-time so he could see two quite different lineups in one game. Marseille made several substitutions as well, though most were made toward the mid-point of the second half.

The goals were scored in the first half: Vincent Aboubakar scored from the penalty spot; Marseille equalized in the 34th minute. OM's Rolando was active in both goals: he conceded the penalty and scored the equalizer.

Abang entered the game as part of Cameroon's second-half squad. Match reports indicate he missed at least one good chance to score.

Next up for the Lions is a trip to Algeria from which they will hope to gain a point. The away-day is arguably the toughest match they will have in their (not easy) World Cup qualifying group. Any result that isn't a loss will be a significant boost to Cameroon's Russia 2018 qualifying campaign.