Aurélien Fongang Chedjou has annonced that his business with the Indomitable Lions is over. He decides to end his career with the national team more than two years after his last convocation.
The 34 year old defender announced his retirement during an interview with journalist Boney Philippe on Monday 8 during the program Olympia sports over Amplitude FM radio in Yaounde.
Asked if he was always ready to respond favorably to an invitation to the Lions den, Chedjou had this to say;
“Years have passed, there are generations passing too. I think I drew a line on that. I am a supporter today. I prefer to focus on my club and give more time to my children”
His last convocation was during the qualification games for the 2017 AFCON where he actively participated but was stunned to surprise in the last minute for the final phase in Gabon by the then Coach Hugo Broos.
Chedjou had mixed feelings as he watched Nicolas Nkoulou and team mates lift the trophy in Gabon in his absence. Reacting to this, he said;
“Today for me it is over. But I can assure you that the first two months were not easy for me. It was difficult to watch them on television because I had two feelings: I was happy for the country, but I personally think that I missed a big line on the list”
Chedjou made his way into the Lions’ den on the 7th of June 2009 where he was part of the starting XI for a world cup qualification match against Morocco in Yaounde that ended on a virgin tie.
He played his last game for the Indomitable Lions on the 12 of November 2016 against Zambia in a World Cup qualification match.
Chedjou was a part of the Indomitable Lions Den for 7 years, 4 months and 5 days. During this period, he participated in 54 games and was substituted in 6 games.
He scored one goal for Cameroon on the 9th of September 2012 against Cape Verde in their 2-0 win during the African Cup of Nations qualification game but now focus on career at his club.
Chedjou played championship 26 league games for Bursaspor where he was on loan and is back in Istanbul Basaksehir, he hopes to quickly find a place.