Cameroon’s football is certainly in crisis but Belgian born Hugo Broos is certainly in a state of dilemma as 7 key players of the indomitable lions have refuse to play for the country in the forthcoming AFCON 2017 to be played in Gabon next January.
Andre Onana (Ajax Amsterdam), Guy Roland Ndy Assembe (Nancy), Allan Nyom (West Bromwich Albion), Maxime Poundje (Girondins Bordeaux), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Olympique Marseille) and Ibrahim Amadou (Lille) and Jeol Matip (Liverpool0 have all refused to honor Broos call for the January rendez vous with Matip citing poor treatment by the coaching staff during the last world cup in brazil in 2014 as his main reason for not playing with the team despite the fact that the new head coach has been begging the player since he took charge of the team.
Nyom told Broos he wanted to stay at West Bromwich Albion to keep his place in the team, a sentiment shared by Amadou, Ndy Assembe, Onana and Zambo Anguissa.
Poundje, uncapped by Cameroon, said he preferred to concentrate on setting his sights on playing for France.
Their rejection of the team has drawn sharp criticism from the head coach who has accused the players of putting personal interests ahead of t country and says they risk being sanction according to FIFA rules “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.
According to FIFA rules, all players can be suspended by FIFA from playing for their clubs till the completion is over if the country FA writes to the world body.
The head coach of the lions has however included the names of the seven in his 35 man preliminary list for the biggest football competition in the continent in a desperate attempt to have them change their minds with the final 23 man list to be made public next week.