Cameroon head coach Clarence Seedorf says the African champions are ‘ serene ’ and have not been affected by the bonus row which delayed their journey to Egypt for this year ’ s Nations Cup .
Cameroon open against Guinea – Bissau on Tuesday but only flew out of Yaounde on Friday after staging a sit – in protest over bonus disagreements .
The Indomitable Lions rejected an offer of 20 million CFA , (US$ 34, 570 ) for appearance fees , and only set off for Egypt after talks with the country’ s sports officials .
There were fears the row would dampen the team ’ s hopes of clinching a sixth continental title , but Seedorf told a gathering of Cameroonian media in Ismailia on Sunday that his players have not been affected.
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“ We are serene and we know why we’ re here. At no moment has the team spirit changed .
We have a joyful group , with players who know what appearing in such an event represents , ” Seedorf told reporters .
“ Actually the bonus crisis has reinforced the team spirit and the determination within the squad to perform well.
There was some tension but the players have behaved maturely and they ’ ve decided to be here to fight for Cameroon .
“ Bonus rows are not something particular to Cameroon or Africa , I’ ve seen similar events across the world but we don’ t want to let this distort our ambition .
“ The players have maintained the same intensity and concentration.
The team is ready and they can ’ t wait to start the first match . ”