Our website use cookies to improve and personalize your experience and to display advertisements (if any). Our website may also include cookies from third parties like Google Adsense, Google Analytics, and Youtube. By using the website, you consent to the use of cookies.

Cameroon government defends imposition of coach on national football team

CAMEROON’S sports minister has written to the National Football Federation (FECAFOOT) to defend the appointment of a new national soccer team coach after FECAFOOT expressed surprise the decision was taken without its input.

In the letter seen by Reuters, minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi said the ministry had acted in accordance with national and international regulations when it appointed Belgian Marc Brys to take over as coach of the Indomitable Lions after the dismissal of Rigobert Song in February.

FECAFOOT on Wednesday said the ministry had appointed Brys unilaterally and vowed to seek an explanation for this “regrettable situation”.

Any dispute between the government and the federation risks a potential ban from international competition for the five-time African champions as world soccer’s governing body FIFA has strict rules against government interference in national federations.

In the letter, Kombi said his ministry’s appointment of coaching staff “in no way affects the autonomy of FECAFOOT and does not violate any of the ‘supranational regulations’.”

A spokesperson for the ministry confirmed the authenticity of the letter. FECAFOOT did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Kombi’s letter also said the salaries requested by three candidates proposed by the federation ranged between 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) and 2.5 million euros per year.

“These are excessive amounts never paid to any coach in the history of the Indomitable Lions,” Kombi said.

READ:  Cameroon's Biya is Africa's oldest president: assessing his 38 years in power

By AMINDEH BLAISE ATABONG

MORE FROM THIS SECTION