In reply to questions from the press on 31 January 2017 in Moanda, not far from Franceville, the president of FECAFOOT came back on the situation of players having sidelined the national team before the AFCON.
Cameroon is not going to turn its back on its children. This is in essence what Tombi A Roko Sidiki told the press. The president of the Cameroon Football Federation was on Tuesday at the hotel of the indomitable Lions who face Thursday the Black Stars of Ghana in the semifinals of the AFCON 2017.
Apart from the contribution of coach Hugo Broos and the new “positive” mood in the den, journalists asked the head of the national football authority what will happen to the players who refused to come as a team before the start of the AFCON.
“It would be a bad decision to say that we will no longer call players who have refused to come. It is Cameroonians who thought at one time to preserve their acquired rather than come to play a AFCON fallen at the same time that they had to defend their respective places in club. We must meet them, discuss them, see if they remain motivated to defend the colors of their country and only on this basis, make a decision, “said Tombi A Roko.
A reaction that will undoubtedly please the footballers concerned. As a reminder, eight players pre-summoned by the coach of the indomitable Lions to prepare the AFCON preferred, for various reasons, to stay in club. Allan Nyom (West Bromwich), Maxime Poundje (Bordeaux), Ibrahim Amadou (Lille), André Zambo Anguissa (Marseille), and Roland Ndy Assembe (Nancy) Maxime Choupo Moting (Schalke 04).