CHAN: Cameroon Dismiss Striker Yannick Ndjeng After Humiliating Defeat
Yannick Ndjeng, Cameroon’s forward at the ongoing African Nations Championship – CHAN has been dismissed for misconduct.
The AS Futuro striker was not happy after he was subbed off during the Intermediate Lions’ shambolic outing against the Atlas Lions of Morocco.
Martin Ndtoungou Mplie’s side were trounced four nil, an embarrassing result that foiled their dream of reaching the competition’s final. It was one of two semifinals of the CHAN, played on Wednesday 3rd February 2021, in Douala and Limbe.
“The public is by this release informed that Yannick Ndjeng, player of the Intermediate Lions of Cameroon, has been excluded from the team … for characterised indiscipline,” reads a statement by the Cameroon Football Federation.
Ndjeng scored Cameroon’s equalizer during the quarterfinal match against the DR Congo, grabbing headlines and undermining growing criticisms.
He once more grabbed the headlines, but for the wrong reasons this time. As the 30-year-old approached the technical bench, deputy coach David Pagou attempted calming him down, but the player would pour out his frustrations, threatening to fight the PWD Bamenda trainer.
Squad members are said to have taken Ndjeng’s behaviour with a pinch of salt, but for his AS Futuro team mate, Jacque Zoua. Zoua has been warming the bench since failing to live to expectation during the inaugural match against Zimbabwe on 16th January.
Yannick Ndjeng’s dismissal means he will miss Saturday’s third-place encounter with Guinea at the Douala Reunification Stadium.
Meanwhile Mali and Morocco are bracing up for the grand finale in Yaounde next Sunday.