On the same day his loan to Danish First Division club Hobro IK was confirmed, Anatole Abang was also announced as part of Cameroon's latest men's national team squad.
The Indomitable Lions will play their final 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, against Gambia, on September 3. On September 6, the team will play a friendly against Gabon. The squad's schedule suggests it might be a while before Abang plays for his new club. Hobro's next scheduled game is on August 29: the same day Cameroon opens its training camp for its September internationals.
The Lions have already qualified for AFCON 2017, so the September matches are a chance for head coach Hugo Broos to explore the depth of his player pool. Former New York Red Bulls Tony Tchani and Ambroise Oyongo have got call-ups (the latter is a regular in Cameroon squad; the former won his first cap for the Lions in March of this year). Broos will have a look at some new faces, like Hearts' Arnaud Djoum and young forward Robert Ndip Tambe.
For Abang, seemingly exiled by RBNY (for now, if not forever), the call-up is further chance to advance his claim to a place in Cameroon's squad for January's AFCON tournament in Gabon. It is a compliment to his abilities that he's still on his national team's radar despite having dropped out of sight with RBNY. And whatever his future holds, he can only benefit from continued experience at the international level.