Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo retires from international duty

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The Beijing Renhe star has been forced to quit the Indomitable Lions’ fold by the decision made by the national team coach in selecting players

Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo has announced his retirement from international duty, stating comments made by new coach Clarence Seedorf as the reason.

The former AC Milan and Deportivo La Coruna manager snubbed players in the Chinese Super League for his first competitive game - a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match that ended 1-1 against Comoros.

Seedorf stated that ‘good young players don't compete in China or in Asia’.

However, that has influenced Moukandjo's decision to call time on an international career that saw him lead the Indomitable Lions to an Africa Cup of Nations title in 2017.

"I found the recent comments by Mr. Clarence Seedorf very brash and unfair. Unfair because despite being the team captain, I never received a call from the coach to inform me about his decision," Moukandjo said in a press release.

"My real level and that of my other team-mates should've been assessed on the pitch before the coach made his decision to sideline any player.

"I am proud of the time I spent with the Indomitable Lions and I would like to thank all my team-mates who supported and trusted in me. I am convinced in all humility that I have accomplished my mission, living up to the expectations of my country.

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"I wish the team good luck for the next Africa Cup of Nations and I hope they will be able to win it for the honour of Cameroon.”

The 29-year-old attacker made his debut for Cameroon in an Afcon qualifier against Senegal in 2011 and went on to register 55 appearances with the five-time African champions with eight goals.

The former Reims and Lorient player has scored six goals in 13 league matches for Beijing Renhe this campaign.

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