Franceville - Cameroon coach Hugo Broos on Wednesday accused the country's football
federation of disrespecting his team in a row over bonuses ahead of
their Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Ghana.
that we - not just the players but all of us - are not happy with the
bonuses that have been given to us because there is a lack of respect," Broos, 64, told reporters in Franceville, southeastern Gabon,
where Thursday's match will be played.
"When you make these
performances, I think the players like something more. I don't think
they are asking for the end of the world but what they give us now is
Just before the tournament began the Cameroonian
federation (FECAFOOT) released a statement saying agreement had been
reached regarding bonuses.
The squad and staff would receive 15.5
million CFA francs ($25,500) each for taking part plus 12 million for
getting to the quarter-finals.
However, the agreement stated they
would get just three million more for reaching the semi-finals, which
they did against all expectations by beating Senegal on penalties in the
last eight at the weekend.
That statement hailed "the good
atmosphere and the quality of the collaboration of the players and the
staff", but attitudes have since changed.
Nevertheless, Broos insisted the issue would not have any bearing on his team's performance against the Black Stars.
if we are not happy with the money, we still make performances on the
field and I think this is something very important that shows the
players are not here for money but to perform for their country, for
themselves," he added.
"We don't come here for money but the
other side is that when they give you money you have to feel respect and
this is not the case now."
Rows over bonuses have been a regular theme at the Cup of Nations.
initially refused to board a flight to Gabon due to a dispute over
allowances and bonuses, while DR Congo went on strike from training just
before their first game due to unpaid bonuses.