West Ham United combative midfielder Alexandre Dimitri Bilong Song on Wednesday became the third Cameroonian player to retire from international football after the indomitable Lion’s draconian performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Former captain for the Indomitable Lions Samuel Eto’o Fils and striker Pierre Webo were the first to hang their boots soon after the Mundial where Cameroon were accused of match-fixing.
The former Barcelona midfielder has been on a different line of symmetry with Samuel Eto’o for over a year. Song went as far as refusing to give Eto’o a handshake before their final qualifying match against the Teranga Lions of Senegal.
According to Song, 27, he took the decision after a careful deliberation with his family, but nonetheless wish Cameroon all the best ahead of the 2015 AFCON which start from January 17 – 10 February in Equatorial Guinea.
“Since the World Cup in the summer and my subsequent exclusion from the Cameroon squad for the African Cup of Nations I have taken the decision to retire from international football. It is true that there were some discussions of late to include me in the squad for this tournament, but I feel after a careful thought and numerous discussions with my family this is the right decision,” Song posted on his instagram page.
“My love for my country will never change, but I want to focus purely on domestic football and start to rebuild my career at West Ham. I wish Cameroon all the best and the team will always be in my heart,” the statement added.
Song’s retirement means coach Volker Finke will go to the AFCON with a pretty young looking team being led by Seville’s Stephane Mbia.
Full Name: Alexandre Dimitri Bilong Song
Date of Birth: September 9, 1987 (27yrs)
Place of Birth: Douala, Cameroon
Playing Position: Midfielder
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