By Boris Esono Nwenfor
The head coach of the indomitable lions of Cameroon Clarence Seedorf and his assistant Patrick Kluivert have been sacked by the country’s Football Federation, FECAFOOT. The decree dismissing the duo was signed this Tuesday July 16, 2019 by FECAFOOT boss, Prince Seidou Mbombo Njoya.
Their sacking comes on the heels of comments made by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi questionning the decision of the coach’s decision in certain matches and the disunity that existed within the squad.
Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert have only been in charge of the indomitable lions of Cameroon for just under a year before their dismissal. The duo were appointed in August of 2018 to lead the side in defending their AFCON crown which the team won in 2017 and to guide the side into 2021.
Seedorf took a very talented Cameroon team to the 2019 AFCON in Egypt but failed to bring out the best in the Team and as defending Champions the team won just one of 4 games before been kicked out of the tournament in the 16th finals by eventual semi finalists Nigeria.
Seedorf’s Era as Coach of Cameroon though less than 12 months old have been plagued by controversies ranging from players critizing him publicly to illogical selection fringe players, disagreement with his colleagues and arrogance towards his environment amongst others.
Below is a detailed excerpt of what the Minister of Sports and Physical education said while speaking during CRTV program “Presidence Actu” of Monday 15 July which led to the sacking of Clarence Seedorf, as transcribed by pavels-sportsbiz.com
“The inability of the coach to put in place a competitive and coherent team….. In four matches we noticed that he presented four different teams. We noticed his difficulty to understand the group and instil order and discipline…..
“There is also the inadequate and less pertinent changes like in the match against Nigeria during which we easily conceded three goals also not conserving the advantage that we had acquired at a certain moment. There also was the case of less productivity at the offense and defense levels which made the lions not to score even a goal in two matches against Ghana and Benin.
“According to a report coming from our representatives who went to Egypt, there is said to have been a misunderstanding between Clarence Seedorf and his assistant Patrick Kluivert together with other national assistants who might have been proposing better ideas which were never considered.
“His failure to instil discipline and fighting spirit in the team did not tie with the contract he had signed on August 10 2018. In this situation, the Ministry of Sports and FECAFOOT, Co-signers of the said contract, have the question of maintaining Seedorf at the helm of our national team clearly posed.
It doesn’t seem to me that this question could find reasonably and objectively, with regard to everything that I’ve evoked, a response in terms of renewal of contract. His maintenance is therefore problematic” Minister Narcisse Moelle Kombi concluded on the matter.
The indomitable lions who started the AFCON in group F, got kicked out (3-2) by Nigeria in the round of 16. This was after they had finished second in their group with 5 points, following a win and two draws against Guinea Bissau, Ghana and Benin respectively.
Cameroon will now go out in search of a replacement for the pair and other vacant places in the technical bench that may be created in the days ahead.
According to Kick442.com, Seedorf leaves with a disappointing win rate of 33% in 12 games as Coach of Cameroon.