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Patrick Tignyemb reveals Cameroon AFCON snub

KickOff | Bloemfontein Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb turned down the chance to play for Cameroon again after being called up for the AFCON qualifier against Comoros on Sunday.

Cameroon sealed their place at the finals in Egypt in great style after beating Comoros 3-0 in Yaounde meaning the Indomitable Lions will enter this year’s showpiece as defending champions after winning the tournament in Gabon two years ago.

While many players are dreaming of representing their countries at the Africa Cup of Nations in June, Tignyemb confirmed that he will be watching the tournament on TV.

“They tried to call me again but I turned down their request,” Tignyemb tells KickOff.com

“I am still not happy with how I was treated the last time I was called for the national team in Spain after the World in 2010. I was supposed to go to the camp in Spain but had some problems with issues regarding my work permit which I was still trying to sort out at Celtic.

“They said I am lying because I was not called up during the World Cup in 2010. I was not happy at all with how I was treated and made a decision not to play for the country again,” he explains.

The Siwelele goalkeeper still believes Cameroon will retain the AFCON trophy this year.

“It was a nice feeling to see my country qualifying for the AFCON finals. I am also happy to see South Africa going there. I believe Cameroon will do well again this time and retain the trophy,” Tignyemb added.

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6 comments

  1. I share in his sentiment , Cameroon will Likely retain the Tittle in Egypt! Congratulations to the Indomitable Lions but above all , Congratulations to Clarence Serdorff and Patrick for Qualifying us?

  2. Foreign News. to AmbaBoyz

    • I think Patrick already knows he does not stand any chance to be lined up as goalkeeper for Cameroon in many competitions-except maybe friendlies.
      He took the right decision to quit because the momentum has changed and one has to adjust to it.

  3. Home is home my brother.
    Let the past pass.
    God bless ur carear in celtic

  4. Like the way this proud to be Cameroonian and play for the country footballer, mans up and tells them the real reason was as mundane as permits Wasnt 2010 the year a genius changed the rules virtualy overnight that you can only fly into the country that your was resident in if your permit is renewing….= cant get back in as Cam flights direct only go to SOME meditaranian countries = a truly deafening blow to a footballer s professional euro earning contractal career …wouldnt of happened if he was playing for a asiatic club so maybe admin bodies espec country forigen representatives and the coach should get a bit humble and servient and Query exactly why the nat team could be getting refusals.

  5. So the question is why would he be silly enough to go back home when he was inbetween work permits ?

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