While sources around the national team raised the possibility that the four players were recalled by their respective clubs, coach Hugo Broos gave the real reason for these departures from the den in the evening of the victory (2-0) gained against Gambia on Saturday.
At a press conference on Monday, Hugo Broos was clear. Fabrice Ondoa, Sebastien Siani, Karl Toko Ekambi and Adolph Teikeu, liberated in the evening of the victory (2-0) on Saturday to Gambia at the Omnisports stadium in Limbe, were never asked by their respective clubs. The truth is that the four players, authors of a good game against the Scorpions were informed by the coach that they will not play the match against Gabon in a friendly.
“ It’s a choice. We stay with the players, and the others are on the bench. I want to give a chance to everyone. I do not see the advantage of having 22 players on the bench. This is the last game to test others. The most important for me is performance and not the result. If I do not give a chance to other players now, it will never happen, “said the Belgian tactician.
“We can not do experiments against Algeria and Zambia, and certainly not during the AFCON. It will be easy for me to see if there are some who have the qualities needed to stay with the Lions, “he added.
Knowing that Sebastien Siani, Karl Toko Ekambi, Adolph Teikeu and Fabrice Ondoa did not fit into his plans, the technician would have given them free choice to return to their clubs. Especially because, according to our information, there will be no bonuses for this friendly match.
“That’s why I told the four that they can go back to their clubs. It’s me. It is the coach who released them, “he says.