Ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) that kicks off tomorrow in Egypt, defending champions, the indomitable Lions of Cameroon have today embarked on a sit down strike demanding an increase in their participation bonuses from 20 million FCFA to 40 million FCFA.
The Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) had earlier paid 20 million FCFA each to the accounts of the players, promising them an additional over 50 million FCFA if they emerge victorious in the competition. However, the Lions who will be captained by Paris Saint Germain’s Eric Maxim Choupo Moting say it is not enough. They want 40 million FCFA.
The lions of Coach Clarence Seedorf are expected to leave for Egypt tonight after playing a farewell match between themselves this evening. However, the insufficient participation bonuses paid to them may make things very complicated.
In 2017 when the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon emerged Champions of the competition in Gabon, they were given 15 million FCFA as participation bonuses. It is however strange that though the amount has been increased by 25% 2 years later, the players think it is insufficient and would rather it is increased again by 100%. This could probably be explained by the fact that they won the competition in 2017 and brought pride to the country and thus think they deserve better.
Cameroonians have been reacting to the strike action of the players. According to some of them, 40 million FCFA is too much for just one player especially at a time when the country is experiencing crisis from different angles.
To others, the players are just being greedy and self-centered. They say money has become their main motivation and not passion as it was the case with their predecessors. Some even say the Lions are not confident of going far in the competition and that is why they want as much money as they can get before flying into Egypt.
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