We know a little more about the situation of Franc Kom. The player of Karlsruhe left the group of indomitable Lions before the start of preparation for the AFCON. According to the Team Manager, this is not a defection.
“All that has been written since yesterday about him (Franc Kom) is not true (…) the coach had already discussed with him beforehand about his non-presence in the list of the 23. He (Hugo Broos, Ed) told him that it was not necessary for him to come to the den, “said Alphonse Tchami on January 4, 2017, responding to Canal 2 International reporter Marc Chouamo.
“Kom came to greet his teammates and encourage them for the upcoming competition,” added the Team Manager of the national team. This development is beneficial when contrary information indicated a desertion of the former member of the Étoile du Sahel, indicating that Kom had arrived in the den on 2 January, had spent the night before going the next day.
Media reported that he had withdrawn because his club had not yet officially received his call for the AFCON. And that Kom preferred to leave until the convocation reaches Karlsruhe.
By denying this information, Tchami said that “Kom is on leave” and that “his club has not received confirmation of his call for the AFCON“.