Bikey puts club before country
The 24-year-old, who is also going to next summer's FIFA World Cup™ with his country, is planning to miss a pre-tournament training camp and instead fly straight to Angola. That will mean he will be available for the games against Everton at Goodison Park on 28 December and the FA Cup third round on 2 January.
"The Cameroon manager (Paul Le Guen) is going to give us the maximum time to be at the club," said Bikey. "The African Cup starts on the tenth (of January) but I think we are going to get dispensation for four or five days. The English League doesn't stop so I don't have to be with the team for two weeks before. I am going to be with Burnley for the most time possible."
Since his summer move from Reading, Bikey has been converted from a centre-back to a holding midfielder and has put in a number of impressive performances. He is just happy to be in the team and hopes to help safeguard their survival in the top flight.
"When I came to Burnley I didn't expect to be in midfield but I am enjoying it and I try to play as the manager wants," he said. "The most important thing is to get results and get a permanent place in this league. I think we have a team to do that. But you can't just be an optimist, you have to play to get the result and the points we want to secure our place in the Premier League."