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Cameroon In Bonus Payment Row Ahead Of AFCON Semi-Final

Ahead of their crucial AFCON 2017 semi-final with Ghana, Cameroon's players have become embroiled in a public bonus payment row.

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The Indomitable Lions, who have won the competition four times, are not financially driven, but feel disrespected by the Cameroon Football Federation, according to coach Hugo Broos.

"As a group, we are not happy with the bonus. There is a lack of respect, and I defend my players," he said, as quoted by the BBC.

"Even though we are not happy with the money, we are still putting in good performances on the field.

"Don't think we are asking for the world, but what they give us now is not good, really.

"We have trained every day. I read in the papers that the players did not train but I had given them a free day so it is not because they are not happy with the money.

"And even though we are not happy, we still have good performances on the field. This is very important, it shows that the players are not here for the money, they are here to play for their country, for the supporters and for themselves.

"But afterwards, you can be given a present if you win a game or get to the next stage. We don't come here for money. But if they give you money, you have to feel the amount is respectful."

This is not the first time Cameroon are involved in a bonus payment row – they previously refused to play an international friendly in 2011, while their arrival at the 2014 FIFA World Cup was delayed due to a bonus dispute.

Cameroon also made headlines when seven of their players, including Liverpool defender Joel Matip, refused to play for their country at AFCON 2017.

However, Broos insisted that the off-pitch drama will not impact his team's performance in their semi-final on Thursday night.

"You can be sure that you will see a team that is motivated to beat Ghana," he added.

"It is not only since Tuesday that we are not happy with the bonus, it is since the beginning of the tournament. And you have never seen on the field that the players are not happy.

"This team is not playing for money. I see them every day in training, when they are eating and when they are together, they are not talking about money.

"If we lose it will not be because the money is not good, it will be because Ghana was stronger than us."

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Ghana and Cameroon will battle it out to face Egypt in the AFCON 2017 final.

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