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Thursday 18 September 2014

Cameroon threaten strike over bonus payment

Jamie Holland

Published 09/06/2014 | 02:30

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Samuel Eto'o was among the Cameroon stars who are taking strike action over a pay dispute with the country's football federation. Photo: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
Samuel Eto'o was among the Cameroon stars who are taking strike action over a pay dispute with the country's football federation. Photo: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images

Cameroon's World Cup squad refused to board their scheduled plane to Brazil yesterday in a strike action over money for the tournament.

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Cameroon players have previously refused to play due to rows with the football federation over cash and in the run up to this tournament has been undermined by disagreements over the bonus payment players said they should receive for playing in Brazil.

National team coach Volker Finke said that talks were under way as players are complaining that the 50m CFA francs (€76,225) that the players were paid was not enough

Players remained at their hotel and journalists were barred from meeting them as the president of Cameroon's football federation held talks with his staff.

A member of Cameroon's official delegation confirmed the row over the payment of bonuses but said that it had been resolved by early afternoon.

"They just told us that the problem is solved and that we have to be at the airport at around 9.30pm for the travel," the source said.

A charter plane had been due to leave Yaounde on Sunday morning for Brazil, where Cameroon are scheduled to play their opening game against Mexico on Friday.

Cameroon players had last week threatened to go on strike until they received promised payment for participating in the World Cup but suspended the strike ahead of their friendly against Germany last Sunday.

Highlighting unease within the camp, players boycotted the traditional handing over of the national flag to the captain on Saturday after their last warm-up match, forcing the prime minister to give it to their German coach instead.

Cameroon are in Group A with hosts Brazil, Croatia and Mexico.

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