El-Hadj Diouf says that the eight players who refused the call up to play for Cameroon this concluded Afcon will regret that decision .
The former Senegal star is the latest to wonder how so many key Indomitable Lions turned down the chance to represent their country in the continental competition .
Liverpool’s Joel Matip, Allan Nyom and Schalke’s Eric Choupo are the most highly rated profile of the lot. Diouf had a word of advice courtesy of reggae legend Bob Marley – for them going forward.
“I don’t understand people turning down their country. And like the legend Bob Marley always said ‘if you don’t know where you come from, you don’t know where to go’,” he told the BBC.
The Indomitable Lions cruised past Black Stars in a 2-0 win semifinal on Thursday last week and then went on to beat Egypt in an entertaining final in Libreville on Sunday.
Diouf, a common figure to European football having been regular in the UK for seven clubs, believes Africa must always be priority for these players based on the Old Continent. “Definitely they’ll regret not playing in the Cup of Nations. After your career, what are you going to do? Stay living in Europe? Doing what?”
“It’s always tough to be African, because you can be the best African coach but they’ll never give you Paris St Germain (PSG), Barcelona, Liverpool or Manchester United.”
“That’s why I say to all the boys: don’t turn down your country because the future of this world is in Africa.” Diouf stated.