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GOALKEEPER FOR CAMEROON QUITS TEAM

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Cameroon goalkeeper Joseph-Antoine Bell, the leader of a players' rebellion that shook the team at the World Cup, said Sunday he was quitting the squad.

"I decided it might give the team more peace if I don't play anymore," Bell said.Bell said he will not play in Cameroon's last Group B match against Russia on Tuesday, in which the African team needs a victory to ensure qualifying for the second round.

He added, however, that he will remain with the team in the United States. But Bell won't play any more games, even if Cameroon advances.

That apparently means retirement for the 38-year-old Bell, who already has quit club soccer in France.

Bell was the most outspoken of the Cameroon players in their rebellion against their soccer federation over unpaid bonuses and salaries. Before playing Brazil - which beat Cameroon 3-0 - some of the players even threatened a boycott.

Cameroon's sports minister, trying to satisfy the players, arrived last week with $500,000 for the team. The federation president said another $400,000 was on the way, but as of Friday's game with Brazil, the players had not been paid.

Cameroon reserve Samuel Ekeme Ndiba said that before the match against Brazil, the Cameroon federation ordered coach Henri Michel to replace Bell with Thomas N'kono, the starter in the 1990 World Cup. But Cameroon players held a meeting and demanded that Bell play, and he did.

"There are too many people who have nothing to do with the team around it," Bell said, adding he made the decision to quit after the match against Brazil.

At the 1990 World Cup in Italy, the Indomitable Lions were the biggest surprise of the tournament, becoming the first African nation to make the quarterfinals.

But in this event, they have been disappointing, tying Sweden and being dominated by Brazil.