Newly-signed Hearts of Oak striker Yassan Ouatching has been handed a call-up to the Central African Republic (CAR) senior national team.
Les Fauves are in the same group as Ghana for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers which get underway next month.
CAR are scheduled to play guests to Angola and then host Ghana on June 1 and 5 respectively.
Naming their squad for this batch of qualifiers, head coach Raul Savoy decided to include the lanky Cameroon-born.
An invitation letter addressed to Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak on May 16 reads:
“We are delighted to inform you that your player OUATCHING YASSAN has been selected for the Central African Republic Men’s Senior National Team.
“The player will be involved in the full-time camp and for the international matches of the 2023 Total Afcon qualifiers day 1 and 2, Group E.
– Program and Schedule
Full-time camp: May 23 to 31
Wednesday, June 1st: Luanda, Day 1 Angola v CAR
Sunday, June 5th: Bangui, Day 2 CAR v Ghana
“The player will be free after the second game and back home/club following his flying plan.
“We thank you in advance to make sure that the player will be released for the dates mentioned above.”
Ouatching has not played competitive football since August 2021 when he left Bangladesh side Mohammedan SC.
The 23-year-old only recently underwent a trial exercise with Hearts of Oak who rewarded him with a three-year contract after impressing the coach Samuel Boadu-led technical team. Signed for next season, he is yet to be officially announced to the public as a player of the Phobians.
Yassan Ouatching – who grew up in Douala and played for UMS de Loum and Yong Sports Academy (YOSA) before a couple of foreign sojourns – is believed to have switched allegiance from Cameroon to the Central African Republic.