Roger Milla urges Cameroon not to hire a foreign coach

The 1990 World Cup sensation says employing an expatriate to take charge of the Indomitable Lions would be waste of money

Cameroon former international Roger Milla has denounced plans by the country’s Football Federation to hire a foreign coach to replace Jean-Paul Akono, who has been managing the outfit since last September.

Officials of the FA travelled to Europe last week to hold talks with a number of prospective candidates including former France coach Raymond Domenech and Antoine Kombouare formerly of Paris Saint Germain.

“Up until now Jean-Paul Akono and his assistants have almost achieved their main mission of qualifying us for the World Cup in 2014. We don't need a new coach, especially a foreigner,” Milla told Reuters on Tuesday.

“We don't want a foreigner who will request a huge monthly salary for a poor country like ours,” he added. “I think Akono should be left there to accomplish his mission.”

More than 100 coaches including dozens of foreigners are vying for the Cameroon post, as the nation are leaders of Group I in the 2014 World Cup qualifying. They are preparing for their double fixture against Togo and DR Congo set for next month.