Striking Cameroon players leave for Afcon after being offered extra bonus

The Cameroon squad departed Yaounde for the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday after ending a strike following an offer of an additional performance-related bonus.

“On the way to Egypt with the Indomitable Lions,” Cameroonian Sports Minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi wrote on Facebook, alongside several photographs of the players at Yaounde airport.

The players had on Thursday refused to board a plane bound for the continent’s showpiece biennial tournament in Egypt.

After that refusal, Kombi presided over an overnight meeting with some senior players and their representatives after which the Cameroonian football federation (Fecafoot) agreed an additional bonus of €7 600 per player.

Each player had already received a payment of €30 489 from the government.

Reigning champions Cameroon were originally selected as hosts of this year’s tournament, before being stripped of the right due to delays in preparation.

Cameroon kick off their title defence against Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday, with Ghana and Benin making up Group F.







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