FIFA World Cup: Cameroon players delay Brazil departure
Yaounde: Cameroon's World Cup squad refused to board their plane for Brazil yesterday amid a row over bonuses, football officials said.
Cameroon's coach Volker Finke looks on during a friendly. Pic/AFP
After prolonged talks with the African country's government a deal was reached and the squad finally headed to the World Cup later yesterday, an official told AFP.
"The players should have left this (Sunday) morning but they didn't want to because there was a problem with bonuses," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
"Until yesterday, the government was offering 50 million CFA francs (76,000 euros) as a participation bonus (to each player), but they wanted more. The problem was solved during the day and they should leave Cameroon tonight."
CRTV said each player will receive a 50 million CFA franc bonus plus a share of 6 percent of the revenue generated by the federation during the World Cup.
The amount in CFA francs the teach player will now receive besides a 6% share of the revenue generated by the federation during the World Cup in Brazil