Samuel Eto’o Fils and his teammates have demanded that the Cameroon Football Federation, Fecafoot provide justification that the proceeds of the World Cup, Fifa and Sponsors for the Indomitable Lions qualification would be properly utilized and what is due to the players given to them.
Eto’o in an interview with a Cameroon online site, Mboafootball.com (purportedly proprietor of the site and RSI Radio in Douala) says the players produce the money for the federation and it is right that they have what is duly theirs.
“Qualification fees from Puma are 500,000 euros, 5million euros from Fifa and we hope for 4millon euros if we qualify for the next round of the World Cup. What is our quota, players who work for this money to get into the coffers of Fecafoot, this is the question”, Eto’o said.
“We hope government would help us get our due and clarify the situation”.
Meanwhile, the Team Press Officer, Raphael Nkoa in a press conference in Austria said there are certain advantages due player that have to be ironed out. For him there would be an official release on the situation on over next week.
But, the problem of fees which has resurfaced during the Lions training in Austria as started like a rumour that the players are demanding FCFA 150million from the authorities.
The Indomitable Lions are presently in Walchsee Kufstein Arena in Austria to prepare for their World Cup Group A games against Mexico, Croatia and Brazil.
Nine players have been talking for the rest of the group, Samuel Eto’o Fils and his two vice captains, Enoh Eyong, and Nicolas Nkoulou and other players Alexandre Song, Stéphane Mbia, Aurelien Chédjou, Dany Nounkeu, Landry Nguémo and Achille Webo.
The Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Adoum Garoua has already negotiated and agreed on the fee from government, who are thankful that government could do so much in the face of the difficulties the country is facing.
There were initial rumours that if a definite solution to the issue is not found the players were not going to train on Friday May 23 but the training went on as usual.
Cameroon coach Volker Finke has said he has nothing to say about the issue of fees because the negotiation is between the authorities and the players.
“I am here for football, fees are between the players and the authorities, I am not concerned by this issue that finally is complicated”.
“Following the perceived ambiance and from my discussions with the players, this phase (of fees negotiations) may not destabilize the harmony in the group and the training ahead”, Finke declared.
But, there is a general feeling among Cameroonians that the issue of fees had to be negotiated long ago after qualification and publication of the preselected players for the World Cup, not now.
In the past the Indomitable Lions have had ugly stories of fees. After the Nations Cup win in 2002 the lions demanded fees before going for the World Cup. The team went to the World Cup without acclimatization and poor results followed.
In 2010, Michel Zoah, former Sports Minister attempted to solve the problem by negotiating upfront ahead of World Cup. Each player bagged 45 million but only to crash out of the competition with no point following internal squabbles related to the captain-ship of the team.
The Marrakech scandal with players going on strike for FCFA 500,000 which government did not pay in 2011 during the LG Cup is the most recent case.
While the issue remains topical, the Lions would play a series of warm-up games against Macedonia on Monday May 26, Paraguay on May 29, Germany on June 1 and a farewell match against Moldova on June 7.