Cameroonian international players missed their scheduled flight to Brazil on Sunday morning and reports from L’Equipe state that they are staging a protest over promised bonuses that they have not received from the Cameroonian Football Association.
The players who had been on strike suspended their protest on May 23rd in order to get match preparation ahead of the World Cup, but the players have not come to a satisfactory agreement with the CFA since their strike was suspended. The Prime Minister of Cameroon, Philemone Yang, was publicly humiliated by the squad after they refused to accept the Cameroonian flag from him to take to Brazil in a pre-tournament ceremony, as is tradition.
EuroSport is reporting that a deal is on the table where the players would receive up to 50 percent of the Fifa allocated prize money should they reach the final. While that might seem a good deal, players are upset that they would receive only six percent of the prize money should they not get out of the group stage.
The Cameroon FA is no stranger to player protest, having dealt with a similar issue in 2002 and again in 2011 when the squad refused to play in a match that had been scheduled against Algeria.
There is a possibility that the Indomitable Lions will miss out on the tournament altogether, unless an agreement can be reached soon.