The coach of the Indomitable Lions recognizes the existence of a problem of bonuses in the den, but it does not disturb the team, he reassures.
The subject could not be avoided at a press conference. At 24 hours of the semifinal against Ghana, the coach of the Cameroon team gave the traditional pre-match press conference at the Franceville Stadium. The opportunity for journalists to question Hugos Broos about the business of the bonuses abundantly relayed by the press since the qualification for this stage of the competition.
Broos’ answer was unequivocal: “It is true that we, the staff, the players, are not happy with the bonuses that have been proposed to us. When you do this kind of performance, it is normal that everyone expects a better treatment regarding bonuses. But we remain professional. I read in the press that the players boycotted a training session. Which is wrong. We gave them a day off. And in addition, even if we are not happy, on the ground we always give the best of ourselves. Because, we did not come here first for bonuses, but to defend the colors of a country, “said the coach of the indomitable Lions.
An answer that sounds like a scathing denial to the statements of some officials of the Cameroonian delegation who tried to make believe that the problem of bonuses is a “pure invention” of the press.
A document signed on January 12, 2017 by the Secretary-General of FECAFOOT details the distribution schedule of the prizes of the Cameroon team for the AFCON. According to this document, in case of final victory, each player should receive approximately 40.5 million FCFA. This envelope includes attendance bonuses (FCFA 500,000), qualification (CFAF 15 million), qualification in the quarter-finals (CFAF 12.5 million), qualification in the semi-finals (CFAF 3 million) and Of victory in the final (5 million FCFA).
For the players and their staff, the distribution of these bonuses per objective was badly done since the sums decrease as the performances increase. The file is being studied by the Prime Minister.