PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Christian Bassogog – ‘The Cameroonian shoud have been part of CAF Best XI’
epa06049960 Christian Bassogog (R) of Cameroon and Antonio Ruediger of Germany in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Germany and Cameroon at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, 25 June 2017. EPA/ARMANDO BABANI
Tuesday Jan 09, 2018. 19:00
Former Cameroon coach Michel Kaham believes that Christian Bassogog deserved a place in the 2017 CAF Best XI.
The 22-year-old forward played an instrumental role in helping Cameroon win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title in Gabon.
However, Bassogog, who plies his trade in China for Henan Jianye, did not make the African Best XI which was announced at the 2017 CAF Awards event in Accra, Ghana last week.
“Now, I may be difficult. But I repeat it maybe, we were the big surprise … We can not understand that the best player of the CAN is not in this team-type,” Kaham said on Cameroon Infor Net.
“So if we have to start from there, we will have to start seeing the CAN jury. But I will not go there. But I say that what seems difficult to me is that the best player of the CAN is not in this typical team. It’s still something new in my opinion.
“Are we underestimating the Chinese championship for Bassogog? But it is perhaps the only one who could have claimed a title in view of the tournament of the CAN, it is the CAF awards,” he added.
Bassogog walked away with the 2017 AFCON Player of the Tournament accolade.
Retired Cameroon defender Kaham also believes that Indomitable Lions forward Vincent Aboubakar, who plays for Portuguese side FC Porto, deserved to be part of the team.
“So, that’s a bit that bothers me. Aboubakar Vincent, to return to him, sincerely, he deserves.
“If he had not been confined to a substitute position during the CAN, he would deserve to be in this typical team. It did not help him despite his excellent start to the season,” he added.