moukandjo hangs up his international boots

15:00    24 Sep 2018

Benjamin Moukandjo (R) of Cameroon and Matthias Ginter of Germany in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Germany and Cameroon at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, 25 June 2017. EPA/ARMANDO BABANI
Benjamin Moukandjo has announced his retirement from international football following comments made by Cameroon head coach Clarence Seedorf.

The China-based attacker was a surprise omission from the Indomitable Lions squad for Seedorf's first game in charge against Comoros this month.

The Dutch footballing legend said at the time that "good young players don't compete in China or in Asia." This duly prompted Moukandjo to call time on his international career at the age of 29. .

"I found the recent comments by Mr Clarence Seedorf very brash and unfair. Unfair because despite being the team captain, I never received a call from the coach to inform me about his decision," Moukandjo said in a press release on Saturday evening.

"My real level and that of my other team-mates should've been assessed on the pitch before the coach made his decision to sideline any player.

"I am proud of the time I spent with the Indomitable Lions and I would like to thank all my team-mates who supported and trusted in me. I am convinced in all humility that I have accomplished my mission, living up to the expectations of my country.

"I wish the team good luck for the next Africa Cup of Nations and I hope they will be able to win it for the honour of Cameroon," Moukandjo concluded.

Moukandjo captained the West Africans to their fifth Africa Cup of Nations title in Gabon last year. He played 55 games for Cameroon, scoring eight times.

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