Cameroon celebrates being crowned Champions during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals, Afcon Final match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Libreville in Gabon on 05 February 2017 ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Cameroon Players Send Out a Press Release Explaining Why They are on Strike Ahead of AFCON

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Cameroon Players Celebrate After Winning the Last Edition of the AFCON Competition/Photo Courtesy

As Other Countries are stepping up their preparations ahead of their respective matches in Egypt,defending Champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are yet to touch down in the Arab Nation.

This is owing to the fact that the players have vowed not to board the plane to Egypt until a number of their demands are looked into.

As Per CAF rules, any team taking Part in the Continental Football extravaganza should have arrived in Egypt by Friday morning ahead of the opening match between Egypt and Zimbabwe.

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Cameroon Head Coach Clarence Seedorf/Photo Courtesy

According to various media reports in Cameroon, players are in a hotel in Yaounde waiting for their various allowances.

The Cameroon Government offered the players 20 million francs (€30,500) each, with the money already wired to their respective bank accounts.

The Players on the other hand are demanding 40 million francs (€61,000) each.

Despite having their sendoff at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Thursday evening, the players chose to go to their Mont Febe hotel. This is according to state television station CRTV .

Mediations from the Football Federation (Fecafoot), Sports Minister and other state dignitaries including legend Samuel Eto’o failed.

The players explained their grievances to in an 8-pointer letter to the Public.

Below are the Players Concerns:

1) Most of us paid fully or partially our air tickets from our clubs to the team’s camp for the Afcon preparations.

2) During camping in Madrid and Doha, no player, among the final 23 or the excluded 14, was paid participation premium.

3) Our camping in Doha, our trip to Yaounde and the eventual trip to Cairo were all sponsored by Qatar.

4) A presidential decree dating back to 2014 states that all bonuses, participation fees for friendly matches and camping must be paid to the players before the start of a major tournament like the Afcon.

5) We have even accepted a 25% slash in our regular bonuses ahead of the upcoming Afcon but unfortunately, they are not honouring this.

6) We deplore the poor communication between the players and football officials of this country.

7) This disorganisation led to the refusal of players like Joel Matip, Stephane Mbia and Nicolas Nkoulou to come to camp.

8) We wish that the future generation of players would not suffer a similar disregard as us and those who preceded us.

The Letter was Signed by ALL 23 players.