The Cameroon Football Federation have disputed the claims that Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting missed out on a national team call-up because of an administrative error, and have suggested the Bayern Munich striker was simply ignoring their attempts to contact him.
Last week, Bild reported that an administrative error from the Cameroon FA (FECAFOOT) sent Choupo-Moting’s letter of invitation to the wrong email address.
Choupo-Moting was among the players initially requested by coach Antonio Conceicao, but was eventually left out of the final list released by the coach.
When asked, Conceicao told the media that the player had not responded to his invitation.
That characterization was met by a swift response from Choupo-Moting’s father Camille, who told Naja TV that neither his son nor his club received the invitation.
“I was contacted by the association to find out what was going on. I contacted FC Bayern and they confirmed that they had not received the invitation,” he told Naja TV.
“It looks like they sent it to the wrong email address instead. For me, that’s a lack of professionalism.
“When sending invitations, be sure to send them to the correct address. If that doesn’t happen, I don’t understand why it’s the club’s or Maxim’s fault.”
That claim has been disputed by the federation.
Cameroon head of communications Parfait Siki has made it clear that the federation have multiple ways of contacting players prior to making official call up announcements, and they followed those processes in their attempt to reach the former Paris Saint-Germain and Stoke City forward.
“The Cameroon Football Federation FECAFOOT made no mistake of the email address or contacts to the club and to the player,” Siki told ESPN.
“We sent out invitations to all players including Choupo on the 5th of March 2021. We sent to clubs and players individually.
“For the particular case of Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, we got no reply. We called him and he didn’t answer. Normally, we are supposed to have a reply within 10 days.
“We did a follow-up by calling him and sending his invitation via his WhatsApp contact, still no response,”
Siki went on to suggest that this could have been Choupo-Moting’s way of showing disinterest in making himself available for the fixtures, citing the previous history with the striker.
Cameroon will take on Cape Verde on a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Friday.
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