In a “letter of observation” sent to Indomitable Lions coach Denis Lavagne from the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) last week, the president of the body Iya Mohammed admonished the Frenchman for a disrespectful behaviour to members of the body and the ministry of sports during a recent conclave meant to finalise the coach’s contract.
“We observed with pain your (Denis Lavagne) derogatory remarks and display of contempt for the sports minister, his collaborators, namely Zambo manga, and Blaise Ombga Nguidjol Nlend Andre and members of the football federation,” the Fecafoot statement read.
The body reminded the 49-year-old former Coton Sport coach of Article 13 of its rules and regulations, which stipulates that insulting or scorn, offensive expression, or interpretation of any allegation of fact affecting the honour or reputation of the state of Cameroon, the federation or its members, the national team or a player or a coach and a person holding an office in the federation is liable to sanctions.
Lavagne was reported to have walked out on Cameroon sports minister Adoum Garoua during talks to round off the two-year contract and had threatened to resign.
However, the deal was finally sealed and he has been tasked with qualifying the team to the finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and 2014 World Cup, as well as improving Cameroon’s Fifa ranking from its present 64 position to 20.