Camerron striker Choupa-Mouting Photo: Schalke 04 website
Camerron striker Choupa-Mouting Photo: Schalke 04 website

Cameroon and Schalke 04 striker, Eric Maxime Choupo-Moting, has ruled himself out from the upcoming African Nations Cup finals in order to stay with his German club Schalke 04, the Bundesliga team said on Tuesday.

This move brings to seven the number of Cameroonian players who have opted out of the tournament and elected to stay with their clubsides.

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“Choupo-Moting will be part of the Schalke squad that will travel to Benidorm for a winter training camp on Wednesday,” the German club said.

The spate of opting-out by players in European leagues, though might raise questions about patriotism, might be pointers to the timing of the competition in relation to the leagues. January is the start of the second half of these leagues and the start of

January is the start of the second half of these leagues and the start of Cup competitions.  It is a time when clubs try to qualify for continental championships, battle relegation, play more games and also need the full roster of players for rotation.

The Nations Cup will kick off on January 14th in Gabon with 16 teams vying for the right to be called the best team in Africa.