Avalanche of CVs for Cameroon job

Applications are piling up at the headquarters of Cameroon Football Federation for the post of head coach after a call for application was opened days ago

The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) says it has received a high number of applications for the post of head coach of the Indomitable Lions days after the Sports Ministry instructed the body to launch a call for interested candidates.

Officials said applicants must have experience in international and African football, must be able to speak English or French and accept to reside in the Central African country.

Sixty-two-year-old former Cameroon international Jean-Paul Akono has been in charge of the outfit since September 2012 after the dismissal of Frenchman Denis Lavagne, but is yet to sign a formal deal with the authorities.

Akono earlier declined an offer of seven million francs CFA (€10,600) as monthly salary and asked for double, which the FA says it cannot shoulder.

“We have received so many applications and expect to get more by the end of the deadline of Thursday April 25 by 15H00 GMT,” said Mohamed Iya, president of Fecafoot.

Pierre Lechantre, who led Cameroon to win the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations, intends to return to the team and has sent in his application, according to Iya.

Former Bosnia and Herzegovina coach Faruk Hadzibegic, Frenchmen Guy Lacombe, Alex Dupont and former Switzerland coach Daniel Jeandupeux are among the candidates, according to reports.

Togo coach Didier Six, who will be hosting the Cameroonians on June 9 in Lome in the World Cup qualifying, has also sent his CV.

It remains unclear whether Akono would be fired or relegated to an assistant coach once a head coach is recruited.