Cameroon self-exiled defender Allan Nyom has said he has no regrets not representing his country in the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon.
The West Bromich Albion fortress is one of the eight Cameroon players who opted out of the tournament, citing club concentration, and all have been trolled by the Afcon winning coach Belgian Hugo Broos.
The 28-year-old, however, insists he does not regret making himself unavailable for Cameroon for the tournament even though the country won the gold medal.
Cameroon proved critics wrong in the tournament as Broos’ array of inexperienced players went out to defy all odds in their quest for success at the tournament.
Coming through the pool stage, Cameroon were Group A runners-up after dumping hosts Gabon and debutants Guinea-Bissau in the park.
They booked a quarter-final clash against much fancied Senegal and thrashed them 5-4 on penalties, thanks to Sadio Mane, whose only miss in the shootout was in hand to give the Indomitable Lions a semi-final ticket.
Beating Senegal earned Cameroon another difficult task as they were faced with the hurdle of overcoming another hungry side Ghana. The semi-final clash was easier in terms of result for the Lions as they summoned a second half courage to thrash the favoured Ghana 2-0, courtesy of one goal apiece from Michael Ngadjui and tournament Man of the Match Christian Bassogog.
Coach Hugo Broos, who had earlier said there was no longer a place for the former Udinese and Watford right-back, commented after beating Egypt in a dramatic final that the eight players would come to terms with regret for not being part of the winning team.
However, while speaking to BBC, Neuilly-sur-Seine-born Nyom in a rather unrepentant tone replied: “It’s true, at first I didn’t want to go, but afterwards I changed my mind. But he knew that and he knows what he told me, so I have no worries, no regrets.
“If before the tournament they had told me ‘Cameroon is going to win and you are not part of the squad’
“I don’t mind because I’m happy I’m playing for my club – it’s much more important for me.
“If I had been there, it could stall my club career.”