Hugo Broos, ahead of the match Cameroon – Algeria on Saturday, told a press conference that Toko Ekambi no longer wishes to be selected. In reaction, the Angers player confided a few minutes later to a colleague, that the coach did not tell the truth.
The non-convening of Karl Toko Ekambi in view of the match Cameroon – Algeria of the fifth day of the qualifiers of the World Cup, Russia 2018, this Saturday continues to make headlines.
WHat we now call “the Toko Ekambi affair” is full of twists and turns. Illustrations! On Monday, at a press conference in Yaoundé, Hugo Broos assured the journalists seated opposite him that the SCO Angers player no longer wanted to defend the colors of his country.
“Concerning Karl Toko, he does not accept to come and play. Again, he refuses to return to Cameroon for international matches, “said the coach.
False, retorts the 25-year-old striker. Contacted by a colleague of Vox Africa, Karl Toko Ekambi ensures that the coach has not told the truth about him.
What Toko said …
“I have never refused to answer a summon for the next match,” says the Angeers player to our colleague. After receiving the pre-convocation, the staff called me to inform me that the coach (Hugo Broos, Editor’s note) had not retained me in the list of 23.
How can the coach go to say in conference that I boycotted the selection? “. The sharp strike of the Cameroonian striker immediately made a huge sheet so that his echoes reached the technical staff of the national team.
Now Camfoot learned that the version given by Karl Toko Ekambi was not false. His club did receive his pre-convocation.
But after a while, the player was contacted by Alphonse Tchami, who at the time of the exchange informed him that he would eventually not be part of the detainees.
Karl Toko Ekambi not only told the Team Manager of the selection that he had to inform his club, but that he could also tell Hugo Broos that he would accept his decision.
However, having received a message from Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting informing him of his absence due to injury after the match between Stoke City and Southampton last Saturday, the coach has instructed Alphonse Tchami to recall Karl Toko Ekambi in the team so that he replaces an unavailable Choupo-Moting.
And it is for this purpose that the player would have told the Team Manager that he is not an “object” and that he was no longer willing to come to the selection for this specific course and not definitely as hinted by Broos.
Has the coach deliberately aggravated the facts, to throw another player to the popular vindictiveness? Without a doubt.
This is not the first time this has happened. However, for the case of Toko, it is easy to understand that the player who is the author of a good start to the season in Ligue 1 feels “insulted” by the coach who does not call him to the benefit of players technically inferior to him then recall him as a reinforcement at the last minute.
Translated from Camfoot.com