Cameroon coach Seedorf critical of China-based players

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Captain Benjamin Moukandjo has been snubbed together with Christian Bassogog, the star of Cameroon’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Cup (Afcon) triumph

New Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf has defended the decision to exclude Chinese-based players, saying he is not an admirer of players who choose money over their careers.

Captain Moukandjo and winger Bassogog have been surprisingly omitted from the 23-man squad to face Comoros for the September 8 Afcon qualifier.

Other notable exclusions from the squad include Sebastian Siani and Clinton Njie whose relationship with the Federation of Cameroon Football (Fecafoot) has soured over disciplinary issues.

Included for the first time is Paul Ntep who has previously turned out for France in two international friendly matches.

Brighton and Hove defender Gaetan Bong returns after a four-year international football hiatus.

There was no place for Liverpool defender Joel Matip whose relationship with Fecafoot remains complicated after snubbing last year’s Afcon finals and considered his international future as now "finished.”

It was however the snubbing of the Chinese-based duo of Moukandjo and 22-year-old Bassogog where most of the questions were directed.

While at first being diplomatic about his views on players who leave Europe to who ply their trade in China, Seedorf could not mince his words later on.

“We don’t know the players personally. But it is simple, you go for football and understanding of the talent,” Seedorf told CRTV.

“With the information we have, let’s say we looked at some matches, we did some analysis. The main focus was first to look at the big leagues and teams in Europe, and of course the guys who were already with the team.

“We need some time to get to know the players. Unfortunately we have little time before next year’s Afcon finals. Of course there are some important players who are not here who play in China for example. But nobody is excluded.

“This is just a process we have started and we didn’t reckon that it was necessary for these players to make such a long journey and we could take advantage and look at other players as well.

“We decided upfront before we even started making this list that we would not call players who play in China. It is very a long trip. They at a very important moment of their league as well. We know those players. We know what they can bring. We wanted to see some other players as well. But they will definitely be engaged in future.

“Hopefully others will open their eyes and say, ‘Hey I can make it into the A team so let me make the right choices for my career.’

“We were not going to pick young guys who make their choices not for their careers, but for money."

 

Cameroon squad

Goalkeepers: Ondoa Fabrice, KV Oostende (Belgium), Onana Andre, Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands), Kameni Carlos, Fenerbahçe (Turquie)

Defenders: Fai Colins, Standard de Liège (Belgium), Eboa Félix, FC Guingamp (France), Ngadeu Ngadjui, Slavia Prague (Czech Republic), Oyongo Ambroise, Montpellier (France), Yaya Banana, Panionios (Greece), Onguene Jérôme, Red Bull Salzburg (Austria), Bong Gaétan, Brighton and Hove (England), Nyom Allan, Leganes (Spain)

Midfielders: Zambo Anguissa, Fulham (England), Mandjeck Georges, Maccabi Haifa (Israel), Tameze Adrien, Nice (France), Kunde Pierre, Mainz (Germany), Salli Edgar, Nuremberg (Germany)

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Forwards: Olinga Fabrice, FC Mouscron (Belgium), Aboubakar Vincent, FC Porto (Portugal), Bahoken Stephane, R. Strasbourg (France), Choupo Moting Eric-Maxim, Stoke City (England), Toko Ekambi, Villarreal (Spain), Ntep Paul, Wolfsburg (Germany), Moumi Ngamaleu Nicolas, Young Boys (Switzerland)

 

 

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