Former Cameroon coach Denis Lavagne files complaint to Fifa

The French coach is demanding damages and match bonuses from the Cameroon football federation following his dismissal last month

Former Cameroon coach Denis Lavagne has lodged a complaint to Fifa against Cameroon football federation (Fecafoot) for abusive termination of contract and refusal to pay match bonuses.

The 48-year-old Frenchman and former manager of Cameroonian side Coton Sport Garoua told Paris-based Pan African magazine Jeune Afrique on Thursday that after working as coach with the national team for months without a contract he finally signed a one-year deal that should expire on October 31, 2012.

However, he was suspended and subsequently fired in mid September following the Indomitable Lions’ 2-0 debacle against Cape Verde in the first leg of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nation final qualifying round.

Lavagne was replaced by Cameroonian coach Jean-Paul Akono, who led the team to a 2-1 win over the Blue Sharks in the return leg but fell short of clinching a ticket to the showpiece.

“I’m entitled to the €12,000 match bonus for the victory against Cape Verde because I was still under contract then,” Lavagne said.

“Imagine, the FA did not send any official notice to me about my dismissal or suspension. I only heard it over the news. That is an abusive treatment and Fifa needs to intervene to force them to pay me damages,” he said.

Cameroon are failing to put up appearance at another Afcon edition after the Gabon / Equatorial Guinea 2012.