Contributed by Nkafu Gabriel
Dutch tactician Clarence Seedorf has been dismissed as the head coach of the Cameroon Football National team after a disappointing AFCON outing. The announcement was made earlier today July 16th by Cameroon’s Sports and Physical Education minister – Prof. Narcisse Mouelle Kombi on the national station of the Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV).
According to the Sports minister, Clarence Seedorf who has spent just 11 months with the indomitable lions “is not fit for the job.” Coach Seedorf signed a 4-year-contract with the ministry of sports and physical education in August 2018 with the prime objectives of ensuring that the indomitable lions emerged victorious in the 2019 AFCON in Egypt and to qualify the team for the 2021 AFCON and the 2022 world cup in Qatar. However, he failed in achieving the very first objective as the defending champions had a poor performance in Egypt; eliminated at the round of 16.
Under the leadership of Clarence Seedorf, the performance of the lions has been very unimpressive. Cameroonians may not have expected it to be the best but certainly, that is not the performance they would have expected from a team that won the AFCON in 2017. The indomitable lions managed to qualify for the 2019 AFCON finishing as runners up to Morocco in their group. Even at the group stages of the competition, they could only struggle to win one match and drew the other two, finishing second to Ghana and even more shockingly, they were knockout at the group stages. According to football lovers in the country, the Dutch tactician lacks the competence and experience to manage an African side.
Coach Seedorf’s appointment in 2018 has remained a controversial issue in Cameroon till date. Before his appointment last August, the then Normalization Committee headed by Barrister Dieudonne Happi had shortlisted a few candidates who Football lovers believed were competent enough to do the job due to their experience on football management in Africa and results over the years. It was however surprising when all the shortlisted coaches were completely kept aside and Seedorf who was never part of the selection was hired to the astonishment of most Cameroonians.
It was alleged that FECAFOOT couldn’t afford the shortlisted coaches. If this was in fact true, then it is surprising that a country that is known worldwide due to its brilliant performance in football could not afford a competent coach to manage its national team barely a year after winning the AFCON.