Cameroon fires coach after defeat to Cape Verde 15 September 2012
Shockwaves from the Cameroonian national soccer team’s loss to Cape Verde last week continue to be felt in Cameroon. After fans attacked the headquarters of the country’s soccer federation, the coach has now been fired in the wake of the selection’s 0-2 defeat at the hands of Cape Verde in Praia.
The decision to fire 48-year-old Frenchman Denis Lavagne, who had been coaching the team for three months, came from Minister of Sports and Education Adoum Garoua, who yesterday named Jean Paul Akono the new Cameroonian national soccer coach.
Akono will be assisted by Martin Ndtoungou Mpile, and together the two will have the arduous task of restoring confidence and hope, in less than a month, for the team’s qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Cameroon failed to qualify for the last edition of the African soccer championship, and doing so for a second consecutive time would be catastrophic for the country, once known as a major soccer powerhouse in Africa.
Cameroon will host Cape Verde on October 13 for the second in a series of two matches in the last eliminatory round in the 2013 ACN qualifiers.