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Africans in MLS snubbed by national coaches

With international friendlies imminent many African MLS stars have been snubbed by their national team coaches despite their brilliant run so far in this season’s MLS regular season.

Most African national teams will be in action, but with over 20 Africans in the MLS not being picked by their nations.

Only Ambroise Oyongo of Montreal Impact has been handed a call-up for Cameroon’s fixtures against Indonesia and Thailand on 25th and 30th March respectively.

In-form Portland Timbers number one shot stopper Adam Larsen Kwarasey, who has conceded only two times in his first three MLS league games has been left out by Ghana’s squad by coach Avram Grant. David Accam made his debut for Chicago Fire this weekend after the squad was announced by the Israeli some weeks ago, but was also not selected.

Vancouver Whitecaps’s Gershon Koffie was also overlooked regardless of his regular playing time for the Whitecaps which has helped them to win their last two games away from home.

Montreal Impact winger Dominic Oduro, who has been on a superb run for the Impact,  has also not been selected by the Black Stars.

Mali’s defender Bakary Soumare, who plies his trade with MLS side Montreal Impact, has been left out of the squad by new manager Alain Giresse for the friendly against Ghana in France on March 31st .

US-born Nigerian and versatile player Amobi Okugo, who has not been caped by USMNT was also not handed a call-up for their friendly against Uganda in Uyoh.

Former SL Benfica team ‘B’ player and now Orlando City’s midfielder Estrela was ignored by Angola as they meet the current AFCON champions Ivory Coast on the 26th of March.

30-year-old Seattle Sounders leading striker Obafemi Martins, who is currently third on the MLS scorers log, has been ignored by Super Eagles interim coach Daniel Amokachi, as his Sounders colleague Micheal Azira was also left out by Cranes coach Milutin Sredojevic.

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