Cameroon striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting has choosen club ahead of country
Wednesday Jan 04, 2017. 06:27
Cameroon forward Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting has opted to stay with his German Bundesliga club Schalke 04 than to feature at the AFCON in Gabon.
Choupo-Moting announced his retirement from the national team, which means he does not risk an international ban by staying away from the AFCON.
The striker said on Tuesday that he no longer wanted to be considered for the national side as he wanted to concentrate on his club career.
Schalke 04 coach Markus Weinzierl was looking ahead at the Africa Cup of Nations with some concern as he could lose up to four players for the duration of the competition, which starts next week in Gabon.
Schalke, who are struggling in 11th
place in the Bundesliga – well behind their expectations, will be without Algerian striker Nabil Bentaleb and Ghanaian defender Baba Rahman, while fellow Black Star Bernard Tekpetey has also made Ghana's provisional squad.
Choupo-Moting is the only striker available as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Breel Embolo and Franco Di Santo have all been suffering from injuries and the Indomitable Lion, who is a more natural midfielder, has been helping out upfront.
The injuries has led sporting director Christian Heidel to be on the look-out for a new signing during the winter break, but Choupo-Moting's decision will help alleviate the club's striking problems.
Sports channels director of StarTimes, Muke Mwai Mugo, said that while it was a pity that African fans would not be able to watch the 27-year-old during the Nations Cup, they will be able to see him in action for Schalke.
“Choupo-Moting is an important player for Schalke and their coach will be looking towards him as the club attempts to climb up the standings when the league resumes in just under three weeks.”
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