[BRAZIL 2014]Cameroon is bound for the World Cup after the Indomitable Lions ended their strike that forced a 12-hour delay in their departure from Yaounde to Rio de Janeiro.
The players balked at the 50 million CFA francs ($104,000) the Cameroonian federation, Fecafoot, was offering to pay each player for each stage of the Lions' participation at the World Cup. The players, who refused to leave the Hotel Mont Febe in Yaounde until the issue was resolved, will receive an additional 5.8 million CFA francs ($12,100), and Fecafoot will receive a three-month loan from FIFA to pay the players. It needed the intervention of the Cameroonian government to get the players to reach an agreement.
The players had boycotted a practice before the Cameroon match against Germany on June 1 in Moenchengladbach. Player strikes are nothing new with the Lions or other African teams. Cameroon players refused to leave their hotel at Roissy Airport outside Paris for a week before flying to South Korea for the 2002 World Cup. Nigeria almost missed the start of the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil because of a player strike.
PRE-WORLD CUP, Schedule:
June 8 in Sao Paulo
Iran vs. Trinidad & Tobago
June 8 in Lille
France vs. Jamaica
June 9 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Ghana vs. South Korea
June 10 in East Rutherford, N.J.
Portugal vs. Ireland