Seedorf has made the audacious decision to omit China-based players from his 23-man squad.
This news was revealed ahead of Cameroon’s AFCON 2019 qualifier against Comoros. Seedorf has claimed that the quality in the Chinese Super League is simply not good enough.
Milan legend, Seedorf, whose assistant at Cameroon is fellow Dutch Legend Patrick Kluivert, has said that “Good young players don’t compete in China or Asia, players must understand that if they go for more lucrative contracts then they forfeit their chance in the team.”
Who’s Missing Out?
Therefore, players like Christian Bassogog and Benjamin Moukandjo will miss out on the 23-man squad for the foreseeable future. Moukandjo will certainly be a big loss for the team due him being captain and because of his experience. The striker, who has spent time at Monaco, Reims and Lorient, has made 55 appearances for the national team.
The two China-based players were both key in Cameroon’s 2017 AFCON-winning team, but they will need to move out of China in order to have any hope of them being a part of this upcoming AFCON
Perhaps this may be a fair claim to make. In recent years, we have seen players like Lavezzi, Ramires and Oscar head to China. One more notable example is Yannick Carrasco, who left Atletico Madrid to play for Dalian Yifang. The prospect of playing football in China has its pros and cons. On the one hand, the contracts are obviously very lucrative. On the other hand, a player’s reputation as a footballer will go downhill in addition to the competition within the league.