Eto’o Approves Cameroon’s New Head Coach After Initial Refusal

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With President Samuel Eto’o’s final approval of Marc Brys’ appointment as the Indomitable Lions’ coach, peace appears to be slowly returning to FECAFOOT.

Nigeria Super Eagles eliminated the Indomitable Lions at the 2023 AFCON. This resulted in Rigobert Song’s dismissal It also led to unrest in the Cameroon camp.

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In an executive meeting of the FECAFOOT. Eto’o, together with the Minister of sports Narcisse Mouelle Kombi and other executivs, were able to resolve the issue.

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“Given the urgency linked to the need to prepare the fly team for the 2026 World Cup qualifier and given the financial sacrifices already made by the government to bring in foreign expertise and in the interest of appeasement “, FECAFOOT said.

The football association also announced the appointment of Giannis Xilouris and Joachim Munuga to the custodian training staff, respectively, replacing Francois Omam Biyik and Carlos Kameni.

Eto’o’s Initial Refusal To Sign Marc Brys

The president of Cameroon placed the Belgian coach Marc Brys on the federation, and FECAFOOT boss Samuel Eto’o initially refused to sign his contract.

This had led to unrest in the country. The Indomitable Lions coach Marc Brys’ appointment was at the centre of a growing impasse between the government and Cameroon FA president Samuel Eto’o.

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The Sports Ministry of Cameroon had recommended the appointment of Belgian coach Marc Brys, and President Paul Biya made the decision; FECAFOOT, the organisation led by renowned striker Eto’o, was not involved.

After Rigobert Song left Cameroon, Biya made it apparent that he would choose the country’s next coach.However, Eto’o and his group disagreed, believing they should be in charge of selecting the coach.

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Brys was recruited by the Sports Ministry along with two assistants, Joachim Mununga and Giannis Xilouris, who were each given a salary budget of €40,000 for a two-year period.

Eto’o and his group, however, disapproved of the decision and chose not to attend the coach’s introduction.

Eto’o and FECAFOOT’s defiance hit deadlock

A deadlock resulted from FECAFOOT’s refusal to finish the formalities necessary for the tactician to start working.“I have read somewhere that I have not signed a contract,” Brys told the media as per Kick442 regarding reports that FECAFOOT have not signed his deal.

“But I do have one! I am open to discussion, attentive, positive, but the locker room is the place of the coach, his technical staff and the players, and into which neither the Sports Ministry nor FECAFOOT enters.”

Brys kept hoping to get together with Eto’o and his group to work through the difficult problems.

“I am ready to work with the federation and its president, in the interest of the national team and the country.“I hope to meet him [Eto’o], like I said before.

“But I’m not the type to chase people, because I have to focus on the team and players for the next games,” he added.

Despite the impasse, Brys persisted in meeting potential team members and it has registered a success finally. Cameroon is scheduled to play Cape Verde and Angola in June as part of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers for 2026.

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Group D is led by the Indomitable Lions with four points, tied with Cape Verde and Libya; Angola has two, Mauritius has one, and Eswatini has zero.

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