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Last Updated: Monday, 9 February, 2004, 12:18 GMT
Mboma to retire
Cameroon's Patrick Mboma
Cameroon's Patrick Mboma has announced he is to retire from international football.

The forward made his decision following Cameroon's shock departure from the African Cup of Nations on Sunday.

The defending champions were beaten 2-1 by Nigeria in the third quarter-final in Monastir.

Mboma did not make a public statement but told BBC Sport: "I enjoyed the tournament and I think I should stop here with Cameroon.

"I will now concentrate on my club career with Verdy in Tokyo."

Cameroon officials said Mboma had made his decision known to them in the dressing room after their defeat to Nigeria.

Mboma was originally left out of Winfried Shaefer's squad for the Cup of Nations but was recalled after President Paul Biya intervened.

He proved his worth, scoring four goals in two games, including a hat-trick against Zimbabwe.

Mboma made his debut for the Indomitable Lions in 1994.

He became a key figure, helping his side to two Cup of Nations wins in 2000 and 2002 and an Olympic gold medal also in 2000.

The 34-year-old has scored 30 goals in his 57 appearances for the national team.

He has had his differences with the national association in the past and refused to play in the Confederations Cup last June citing poor administration of the team.

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