Cameroon coach Javier Clemente is yet to bow out after the Indomitable Lions failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, even as it seems that the Football Federation (Fecafoot) are preparing for his successor.
The Spaniard’s contract with Cameroon runs until August 2012, and he says nobody has asked him to leave his post.
“So far, nobody has given me a sack letter to put an end to my mission in Cameroon. So, I still consider myself the Lions’ coach and will be here,” Clemente told French radio RFI on Thursday.
“If they want me out, let them come to let me know it. That will not be a problem. I have many job propositions in hand. I’ll go coach elsewhere. But I want them to officially inform me of the situation,” he said.
It is no longer a secret that the Fecafoot have decided not to continue their adventure with the Real Betis and Espanyol former manager. Media officer Junior Binyam told L’Equipe on Friday that Clemente had failed in his mission.
“Today, it is very clear that Clemente completely failed to accomplish the mission given him by the Fecafoot,” Binyam said.
The body earlier denied it had been in talks with former France coach Raymond Domenech, but confirmed negotiations were under way with Frenchman Denis Lavagne, the current coach of Cameroon champions Coton Sport Garoua.
A new coach will likely be named by the end of October, according to reports in the country.
Cameroon legend Roger Milla told Chronofoot on Friday that it was time to turn to a local coach rather than hiring another expatriate in the like of Lavagne.
Former Cameroon international Patrick Mboma has been proposed by the country’s top officials, but he is yet to officially apply for the job and some local pundits say that he does not have the experience to handle the Indomitable Lions.
Cameroon will play three friendly matches next month – Sudan on Nov.11, Morocco on Nov. 13 and Algeria on Nov.15.