Cameroon lifted their fifth AFCON title on Sunday, despite eight players snubbing the call-up to the tournament. As a consequence the coach couldn’t resist a small jibe at the absentees.
Click through the gallery to see which eight Cameroon stars snubbed the chance to win the AFCON.
Liverpool defender Joel Matip was the biggest name among the eight Cameroonians who refused to represent their country in Gabon despite being called up.
The 25-year-old remained at his club, who thought the player had retired from international football. However, Matip just refused to play due a personal conflict with the previous coaching regime, according to Squawka.
Despite the noise around Matip, and the seven others, who snubbed their call-ups, as well as an ongoing bonus payment row, the Indomitable Lions lifted the trophy on Sunday after beating Egypt 2-1.
Their coach, Hugo Bross couldn’t resist a minor dig at his absentees, saying they might regret their decision now.
"There was a lot of trouble before, players who wouldn't come with us," Broos said, as quoted by ESPN.
"OK, it's their decision. But maybe they are saying now to themselves, 'S---! Why didn't I go with them?'"
Andre Onana (Ajax Amsterdam), Guy Ndy Assembe (Nancy), Allan Nyom (West Brom), Maxime Poundje (Bordeaux), Andre Zambo Anguissa (Marseille), Ibrahim Amadou (Lille) as well as Schalke’s Eric Choupo-Moting are the other players who rejected their call-ups and missed out on the chance to lift the African Cup of Nations.
Cameroon will now represent Africa at the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, where they have been drawn in Group B alonside 2014 FIFA World Cup champions Germany, 2015 Copa America winners Chile and Australia, the 2015 AFC Asian Cup winners.
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