Esetell Johnson wind up playing in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations next month. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

NJ/NY Gotham FC defender Estelle Johnson has been called into Cameroon national team camp prior to the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco, it was announced Thursday.

The event will run from July 2-23 with camps slated for Yaoundé and Paris leading up to the tournament.

The top four finishers in the tournament will qualify for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Two more teams will advance to the inter-confederation playoffs. Nigeria is the three-time defending champions, having won the tournament in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Johnson has been a regular in the Cameroon player pool since 2019. when she played in four matches during the 2019 World Cup. Most recently, she participated in Olympic qualifiers in 2021. The center back has started all four games for Gotham FC during the National Women’s Soccer League regular season, logging 359 minutes.

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