Seven Cameroon players expressed their refusal to go to the African National Cup Finals, setting them on a clash with Cameroon’s football federation and probable prohibition to play for their respective clubs while the tournament is ongoing.
One of the seven is Joel Matip who told Coach Hugo Broos they are not inclined to be selected for the games in Gabon, which begins on Jan. 14.
Broos mentioned on Tuesday that these players have prioritized their personal interest on top of the national team and the federation has the prerogative to take action against the players in relation with FIFA regulations.
Andre Onana (Ajax Amsterdam), Allan Nyom (West Bromwich Albion), Guy Roland Ndy Assembe ( Nancy), Maxime Poundje (Girondins Bordeaux), Ibrahim Amadou (Lille), and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Olympique Marseille) are the other six players.
Earlier this month, all seven had been chosen in a preliminary list of 35 for the games, where Cameroon was drawn under Group A with the hosts, Guinea Bissau and Burkina Faso.
The Football Federation of Cameroon if they insist can ask FIFA to suspend the said players while the games are on and until it ends on 6 Feb
In a statement, Matip said that he refused to play for Cameroon at the moment due to a bad experience with the former coaching staff.
The German-born defender has not played for Cameroon after the World Cup in Brazil but coach Broos, who assumed the position in February, had seen Matip twice to try to convince him to return to the team.
Nyom expressed his desire to stay at West Bromwich Albion to keep his position in the team to coach Broos, an opinion shared by Ndy Assembe, Amadou, Zambo Anguissa, and Onana.
Poundje, discovered by Cameroon, said he chose to concentrate on pursuing his playing for France.
Cameroon will name the final 23-man team for the tournament next week.