Broos pays the price for the tamed Lions
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Broos pays the price for the tamed Lions

Posted NDI EUGENE NDI in Yaoundé

on  Tuesday, December 5   2017 at  11:52

Cameroon have sacked national soccer team coach Hugo Broos for failing to qualify the Indomitable Lions for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The decision comes 10 months after the Belgian was celebrated for leading the team to victory at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon last February.

The Cameroon Football Federation (FACAFOOT), in a statement on Monday, said it was terminating Broos’s contract because he had not delivered on most of his obligations as stipulated in his work agreement.

Not delivered

Among other things, the five-man normalisation committee managing the FA, in a document sent to the Sports minister, said: “Hugo Broos has failed to qualify Cameroon for the 2018 World Cup in Russia."

“The refusal to join the national team by several important players is proof of the fact that the coach has not delivered on his engagement to preserve and ameliorate the reconstruction of the squad.”

FECAFOOT said the sacked manager’s benefits of his contract that expires in February next year, would be settled.

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The 65-year-old Belgian technician, who was appointed in February 2016 for a two-year period, leaves the five times African Champions after being nominated for the Caf Coach of the Year award. Also nominated alongside the Afcon winning coach are Egypt's manager Hector Cuper, Wydad Casablanca manager Hussein Amotta, Nigeria national team's Gemot Rohr and TP Mazembe’s Mihayo Kazembe.

Broos had revealed that he turned down several managerial jobs after his Africa Cup of Nations triumph, including an offer to coach the South African national team.

Played at home

Local sports analyst, Franklin Sone Bayen said Broos’s dismissal looked like a good riddance as his performance after the Afcon victory; the 2018 world cup qualifiers, proved his critics right that he was not the man for the job.

“He wasted his post-Afcon 2017 acclaim which should have set him on wings towards preparations for Afcon 2019 to be played at home, an easy way to go down in history with two back-to-back Afcon titles.”