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Cameroon: Moukandjo retires from international football

Indomitable Lions' captain Benjamin Moukandjo on Saturday announced his retirement from international duty to concentrate on his club career. Moukandjo…

Indomitable Lions’ captain Benjamin Moukandjo on Saturday announced his retirement from international duty to concentrate on his club career.

Moukandjo who was sidelined by new Lions’ head coach Clarence Seedorf for the 2019 Afcon qualifiers against Comoros says he feels the right time has come to step aside after leading his country to a fifth crown at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

While unveiling his list for the Comoros game last month, Clarence Seedorf made big calls by leaving out China-based Christian Bassogog and Benjamin Moukandjo who were key in leading Cameroon in Gabon last year.

Seedorf justified his selection by claiming he was not looking up to players in China but would opt for more competitive players in Europe.

This did not go down well with a section of the media and Moukandjo did not fail to highlight that as one of his major reasons for stepping aside.

“I learnt of my omission from the first list published by Clarence Seedorf and I heard what he said. I find this his approach inappropriate and unfair to me because I was not given the given an chance in my capacity as the captain that led the side to glory in 2017,”Moukandjo said.

“I find it absurd to think those who play in China are not competitive…and I think he had to first give us a chance before judging,” Moukandjo who plays for Beijing Renhe added.

The 29-year old has played 57 times for Cameroon, scoring eight goals. The highlight of his career with the team was skippering the Indomitable Lions to lift the Afcon trophy in 2017 in Gabon.

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