Serenity in National Team: Kana-Biyik and Stephan Mbia in Total Disagreement
It is well known that Cameroon’s national football team has been riven by divisions created at the 2010 world cup in South Africa. But now, midfielder Stephan Mbia says “the atmosphere is very good and calm and is different from what it was four years ago in South Africa” thanks to Coach Volker Finke.
Speaking exclusively to fifa.com, Mbia said reasons the atmosphere is so much better this time around is two-fold. “We learned from our mistakes. That is one reason, but the other reason is our new coach, Volker Finke. We have had several coaches since 2010 (Javier Clemente, Denis Lavagne, Jean-Paul Akono) and all of them had their merits. “Mr Finke puts a lot of emphasis during his talks to the players on the concept of respect. We should have respect for team-mates and their work. We all respect the selection process. We are all very disciplined and follow instructions. We work really hard,” Mbia explained. However, Mbia’s colleague, Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, is telling the world a totally different story. The Indomitable Lions defender who has been left out of the final 23-man squad that will depart for Brazil shortly has told 20minutes.fr: “I realize that there are plenty of shenanigans in the Cameroon team, and that will never change. I prefer to end my international career and concentrate fully on the club to become the defender I was.” “It may seem surprising, but the selection of Cameroon is full of bad things. I do not recognize myself in this team. I joined because I love the country of my parents, my ancestors. But it turns out that it is not at all as I would have imagined. I had heard bad things, but I did not think it was at this point,” a seemingly angry Kana-Biyik said. These controversies put to question whether there is really serenity in the national team few days to the world cup. But could Mbia be showering Finke with praises because he was selected while Kana-Biyik is lashing the team because he was butted out of the 23-man squad? This is really difficult to decipher.