African Cup of Nations-winning Coach Hugo Broos Threatens to Quit Cameroon
Cameroon’s head coach Hugo Broos has threatened to quit the side over poor management and funding for the national football set-up.
Speaking to the press after the 2-1 loss to Guinea Conakry, the 64-year-old who led the Indomitable Lions to the African Cup of Nations title in Gabon last February expressed his disappointment in the way things are run in Cameroon.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“At mid-day before the match against Guinea, the players didn’t have lunch because the hotel had not been paid. The bad performance against Guinea was a consequence of the poor preparations we had.”[/perfectpullquote]
“No food? Hotel not been paid? This is the national team. We want better conditions.”
“Today I am saying that this is the last straw.”
“I cannot accept this,” Broos added.
He also discussed some of the challenges he’s faced since his appointment as Cameroon’s head coach in February 2016 that made him almost give up his role.
“One year ago when I started working with Cameroon I met many problems. Despite all this we worked hard and reached a new level. But the working conditions are not professional,” Broos said.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”For example, when we had to go to South Africa last year we were forced to wait for more than two hours on a plane because some officials wanted to put more people than necessary on the plane. It is not fair to pay for other people’s mistakes.”[/perfectpullquote]
“We travelled without training kit and equipment because it was too expensive to put it on the plane.” He added sounding pretty unamused.
“Also when we went to Nantes the doctor had to pay for some drugs and bandages with his own money for the first two days. He has yet to be refunded.”
The former Belgian International concluded saying he’s “….seriously considering whether I should continue or not”.
In reaction to Broos’ comments, Senator Alioum Alhadji, Member of the executive committee of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) was quick to react promising that investigations will be carried out and all the culprits involved will be identified.
After defying the odds to win the African Cup of Nations, Broos will surely have no problems finding another country to work with on the continent.
His experience and the renowned work he’s done with young players since his days at KRC Genk make the Belgian a rare gem for countries looking to build their teams on young talent.
Featured Photo: Hugo Broos. GETTY IMAGES