Cameroon's Indomitable Lions handed the New York Red Bulls' on-loan forward Anatole Abang a start for their friendly against Gabon on September 6, and he responded with his first goal for his national team.
The goal put Cameroon ahead in the 65th minute. Abang was substituted shortly thereafter, and was not on the field to see Gabon equalize in the 75th minute, or for Edgar Salli's late winner for the home team.
The match also featured former RBNY - and still MLS-based - players: Columbus Crew's Tony Tchani and Montreal Impact's Ambroise Oyongo.
Abang was recently loaned to Hobro IK - a club in Denmark's second-tier of pro soccer. His transfer coincided with a lull in Hobro's schedule and his own international call-up, so he has yet to have the chance to compete for a place in his new team's lineup. But a goal for his national team certainly does his profile and his prospects no harm.
Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos has favored Abang with selection to national team squads consistently over the past few months (he took the Lions job in February of this year). For Broos, the September internationals were a chance to explore the depth of his player pool. Abang will hope to have done enough to continue to feature in Cameroon's thinking as it turns attention to World Cup qualifying and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Congrats on the goal, Anatole. Here's another look at it: