Clarence Seedorf Won't Call Up China-Based Players For Cameroon National Team
Cameroon will not include any players who play their football in China or Asia because manager Clarence Seedorf thinks "good young players don't compete" in those leagues. Brutal.
Seedorf, who took over the national side at the start of August, has controversially dropped captain Benjamin Moukandjo, the striker that plays for Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe.
The former AC Milan midfielder has also left out Christian Bassogog, who also plays in China with Henan Jianye.
His decision had certainly caused some controversy, but do you think he has a point? Here's what the 42-year-old said about his theory:
Seedorf and @PatrickKluivert insisted that only those in top European leagues will get call ups to the national team intimating that players in China or Middle East stand little or no chances of making it to the Lions.- Njie Enow (@NjieEnow) August 20, 2018
All along Seedorf hammered on discipline and hard work pic.twitter.com/xsmyLyJSVE
"Good young players don't compete in China or in Asia," Seedorf said.
"Players must understand that if they go after more lucrative contracts, then they forfeit their chances of playing in the national team.
"But we're not closing the door on anyone, we want disciplined and hardworking players and if someone is in the Middle East yet he can deliver for the team, we'll bring him in."
"The best players want to play for the best clubs in Europe and appear in top competitions like the Champions league," he continued.
"We need good results and for that we have to build a competitive squad.
"This is just the beginning but we want to start imposing our winning philosophy and setting up the team like we'll like to see them play.
"If you're a talented player and you're 20 years old, you should be playing in the Uefa Champions league or in the elite European teams like AC Milan, Juventus, or Chelsea."
Seedorf's decision to drop Moukandjo is faulty IMO. Even if he were playing in Tonerre Kalara or North Korea, he is our playmaker and leader and until we have another stable replacement he should be in the group.- DAF (@FDelavane) August 22, 2018
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