Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 29, following comments from new head coach Clarence Seedorf.
The Beijing Renhe star has been forced to quit the Indomitable Lions’ fold by the decision made by the national team coach in selecting players.
Seedorf had earlier stated that “good young players don’t compete in China or in Asia”. That has influenced Moukandjo’s decision to call time on an international career that saw him lead the Indomitable Lions to an Africa Cup of Nations title in 2017.
Moukandjo said those remarks prompted his decision to retire from Cameroon duty.
“I found the recent comments by Mr. Clarence Seedorf very brash and unfair. Unfair because despite being the team captain, I never received a call from the coach to inform me about his decision,” Moukandjo said in a press release.
“My real level and that of my other team-mates should’ve been assessed on the pitch before the coach made his decision to sideline any player”.
“I am proud of the time I spent with the Indomitable Lions and I would like to thank all my team-mates who supported and trusted in me. I am convinced in all humility that I have accomplished my mission, living up to the expectations of my country”.
“I wish the team good luck for the next Africa Cup of Nations and I hope they will be able to win it for the honour of Cameroon”, he added.
Moukandjo was dropped from Seedorf’s first squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification against Comoros earlier this month which that ended 1-1.
China-based Moukandjo captained the Indomitable Lions to their fifth continental title at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
The former Monaco and Lorient striker played 55 games for Cameroon, scoring eight times.
The former Reims player has scored six goals in 13 league matches for Beijing Renhe this campaign.