Cameroon to Name New Coach Soon
Cameroon’s football federation to announce a coach ahead of resumption of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Normalization Committee running Cameroon’s football federation (Fecafoot) today announced plans to get the Indomitable Lions’ a coach soon ahead of resumption of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
This comes three days after former England and Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson left the central African country where it was reported that he was to be unveiled on Tuesday as the new coach.
Eriksson is believed to have demanded an annual salary of $2.2 million, while the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) was negotiating for a lesser amount.
“After a stay of 72 hours, Sven Goran Eriksson left Yaounde on Saturday, July 28, 2018. The Swedish tactician was invited to Cameroon for a hearing as part of the recruitment of a coach of the Indomitable Lions,” reads part of the Normalization Committee’s statement as translated from French.
“After the interview with Sven Goran Eriksson and taking into account the other existing offers, Fecafoot will unveil in the next few days the next coach of our team.”
On Thursday, it was believed that Erickson, an Iraq national team coach prospect, was to be named as new Indomitable Lions new gaffer as per a Fecafoot statement that acknowledged negotiations between both parties were ongoing despite the former Three Lions’ coach not being among the 77 shortlisted for the position.
“This Thursday, we have learnt that a breakthrough is imminent, with the possible signing of a tactician who has not gone through the process of being shortlisted for the job, Sven-Goran Eriksson,” reported Camfoot.
“He is reported to have offered his services to Cameroon, and would like to lead the Indomitable Lions at the 2019 African Cup of Nations, and qualify the national team for the 2022 World Cup.”
Cameroon national team coaching position became vacant last December after embattled coach Hugo Broos, who won the Indomitable Lions the 2017 Nations Cup, left at the end of his contract.
Broos departed after he failed to lead the African champions to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He was also accused of falling out with several players and refusing to take up residence in Cameroon.
Fecafoot, as per their advertisement on March this year, wants a top foreign or local coach with a “good record and has won national or international titles as a player, club coach or national coach” among other requirements.
Erickson has only had one stint on African soil where he took Ivory Coast to the 2010 FIFA World Cup competition.