Cameroon players at loggerheads with FECAFOOT over AFCON semi-final bonus payments
Posted: 2 February 2017 Time: 15:20
The ugly ulcer of money disputes has yet again surfaced at the African Nations Cup, with Cameroon players voicing their displeasure about the bonuses they have been offered.
The Indomitable Lions face Ghana here in Franceville tonight in the semi-finals, with the winner earning their place in the final against Egypt on Sunday.
At the start of AFCON 2017, reports of financial unrest in the Zimbabwe and DR Congo camps were reported, and it now seems Cameroon find themselves in the midst of their own money fracas after being short-changed by the Cameroon FA.
Team coach Hugo Broos feels they are justified with their demands, that come on the back of their unexpected surge to the last-four.
“As a group, we are not happy with the bonus. There is a lack of respect, and I defend my players,” said Broos
Before the start of this competition, the Cameroonian football federation (FECAFOOT) reached an agreement of 15,5million CFA francs (R342,000) as participation fees, with another 12 million CFA francs (R264,000) for reaching the last eight.
However, an offer of a mere 3 million CFA francs (R66,000) was then made to the current squad for reaching the penultimate stage of the tournament.
The players have now seemingly demanded a new bonus structure for reaching the semi-finals, as well as potentially consteting the final and winning the trophy.
“Even though we are not happy with the money, we are still putting in good performances on the field. I don’t think we are asking for the world, but what they give us now is not good, really,” says Broos in defence of the team’s demands.
"We have trained every day. This is very important as it shows that the players are not here for the money, they are here to play for their country, for the supporters and for themselves.
“But afterwards, you can be given a present if you win a game or get to the next stage. We didn’t come here for money but if they give you money you have to feel the amount is respectful. You can be sure that you will see a team that is motivated to beat Ghana.
"It is not only now that we are not happy with the bonus, it is since the beginning of the tournament though you have never seen on the field that the players are not happy. This team is not playing for money. I see them every day in training, when they are eating and when they are together, they are not talking about money.
"If we lose it will not be because the money is not good, it will be because Ghana was stronger than us.
“No one saw us getting to this stage of the competition, but given our performance it is normal for the players and the whole group to want something more,” he states.
Cameroon last won the Nations Cup back in 2002.
By Lovemore Moyo in Gabon, courtesy of SuperSport