Cameroon squad leave for Brazil after bonus issue is resolved
Published on Jun 9, 2014 9:22 PM
YAOUNDE (REUTERS) - Cameroon's squad left for the World Cup early on Monday after resolving a strike over bonuses that saw them refuse to board their plane to Brazil on Sunday.
The special flight carrying the "Indomitable Lions" left the capital Yaounde at 5am on Monday after the Cameroonian football federation (Fecafoot) paid each player a bonus of more than 5 million CFA francs (S$13,000), in addition to a 50 million CFA francs bonus paid by the government.
The Fecafoot payment was equivalent to six per cent of the sum the Cameroonian federation is due to receive from Fifa for participation in the World Cup.
The Fecafoot had to take out a loan to pay the players because it would not receive the money from Fifa until three months after the World Cup is over, head of communication Laurence Fotso said.
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