Were Cameroonian players right to snub AFCON call-ups?

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Cameroon football coach Hugo Broos has blasted the bonus offer his players have been offered, saying it is disrespectful, ahead of The indomitable Lions clash with Ghana today in the second semi-final game of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

“As a group, we are not happy with the bonus. There is a lack of respect, and I defend my players,” Broos said.

Before the start of the continental tournament, some Europe-based players rejected a call-up from Broos to join the national side in their AFCON quest.

One such was Liverpool defender Joel Matip, who refused to join his country mates saying football organization is poorly done in Cameroon.

With this latest bonus wrangles, one might now ask if the players were right to reject the call-ups.

In 2011 Cameroon players refused to play in an international friendly and in 2014 their arrival at the World Cup in Brazil was delayed by a dispute over bonus payments.

Salary and bonus payments have long been an issue in African football.

Uganda’s coach has threatened to sue the country’s football federation for failure to pay his dues.

In November, Kenyan players also refused to depart for Cape Verde where they were to play a return leg, demanding full pay.

Coach Hugo Broos has however assured The Indomitable Lions fans that his side will not play to lose today’s game, saying that if they lost, it would only be because Ghana were stronger.

The game will be played in Franceville at 1900GMT.

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