Europe-based Cameroon National team players want out of the squad to participate in the CAF AFCON 2017 Garbon squad.
Seven Cameroon players have said they do not want to go to the African Nations Cup finals, setting them on a collision course with the country’s football federation and a possible ban from playing for their clubs while the tournament is on.
These players told coach Cameroon National Football team coach Hugo Broos that they are not interested in being selected for the tournament in Gabon, which starts on Jan. 14.
Cameroon Europe-based Player who wants out:
- Joel Matip (Liverpool)
- Andre Onana (Ajax Amsterdam)
- Guy Roland Ndy Assembe (Nancy)
- Allan Nyom (West Bromwich Albion)
- Maxime Poundje (Girondins Bordeaux)
- Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Olympique Marseille)
- Ibrahim Amadou (Lille).
“These players have put personal interest above those of the national team and the federation reserves the right to take action against the players in accordance with FIFA regulations,” said Broos in a statement on Tuesday.
All seven had earlier this month been named in a preliminary list of 35 for the tournament, where Cameroon are drawn in Group A with the hosts, Burkina Faso and Guinea Bissau.
Cameroon’s football federation (Fecafoot) can ask FIFA to suspend the players at club level for the duration of the tournament, which ends on Feb. 6, if they so desire.