Fiji Time: 10:08 PM on Sunday 22 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Cameroon players delay flight over pay dispute

Ap
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Cameroon's World Cup team have refused to board a plane due to take them to Brazil because of a long-running dispute over bonus payments for the tournament, forcing their national federation to take out a loan to meet their demands.

In a statement, the Cameroon Football Federation said it "regrets to announce" that the squad's departure from Yaounde on a plane put aside for its use had been delayed.

The federation said it had taken out a "private loan" to meet player demands, and would now give each squad member around $US12,000 ($A13,000).

Cameroon team spokesman Raphael Nkoa says a "number of issues" had to be resolved and the squad didn't depart as planned. They would fly later on Sunday, Nkoa and the federation insisted.

World body FIFA also said it had been given assurances that the Cameroon party would leave Yaounde on Sunday night and arrive in Brazil yesterday, just four days ahead of the team's World Cup opener against Mexico on Friday.

"FIFA has assurances that the Cameroon team will fly tonight (yesterday)," the world body said.

Cameroon opens against Mexico in Natal and also plays Croatia and Brazil in the group stage.

Cameroon's players — which include Europe-based stars like Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o and Barcelona's Alex Song — have been in dispute with federation officials since last month, when the team threatened to boycott a training session at a pre-tournament preparation camp in Austria because the World Cup bonuses promised weren't enough.

Cameroon's players have previously had standoffs with the national federation over bonus payments.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64860.6296
JPY 56.520053.5200
GBP 0.39340.3854
EUR 0.45650.4445
NZD 0.68440.6514
AUD 0.64750.6225
USD 0.48910.4721

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 20th January, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'On that stage'
  2. 7s surprise
  3. Vendors locked out as police hunt for drug peddlers
  4. Marriott at Momi begins recruitment
  5. No refund notice illegal
  6. Another opportunity
  7. Truck mows down man
  8. 'Cheap' machines
  9. India ready to help in polls
  10. 'Life is precious'

Top Stories this Week

  1. Radrodro cops $10k fine for facebook rant Wednesday (18 Jan)
  2. Gunshot injures officer Saturday (21 Jan)
  3. Ministry to defend its workers Wednesday (18 Jan)
  4. Fiji 7s team to Wellington named Thursday (19 Jan)
  5. Moving tributes farewell Johns Saturday (21 Jan)
  6. 'On that stage' Sunday (22 Jan)
  7. Fijian Jimmy Snuka dies Wednesday (18 Jan)
  8. Kiribati grateful to Cakaudrove Tuesday (17 Jan)
  9. Bad weather approaches Friday (20 Jan)
  10. Wait for poll Saturday (21 Jan)