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Football | Cameroon

Denis Lavagne © Reuters

Lions coach still without contract



Over four months since the appointment of Denis Lavagne as coach of the Indomitable Lions, he is yet to get an official work contract.

Denis Lavagne was appointed on October 26, 2011 to redeem a team that was plagued by many woes, but the decision was heavily criticised.

The fate of the French technician, who succeeded Spanish-born Javier Clemente after the latter failed to qualify the team for the on-going Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, still hangs in the balance as he is operating without an official contract.

His appointment, which many had seen to have the blessing of the Cameroon Football federation President, Iya Mohammed, was heavily criticised by many football stakeholders in the country. Also, SuperSport.com learnt that majority of the players; including team captain Samuel Eto’o disapprove of Lavagne’s appointment that is why he was unable to persuade them to play the friendly against Algeria in November.

Besides the LG tournament in Marrakech, Morocco, in which the Lions emerged victorious, the French born is yet to have real encounters to ascertain his authority in the team.

Lavagne’s appointment was done by former Sports and Physical Education, Michel Zoah a few months to his sack from government. The new Sports Minister, Adoum Garoua, is yet to offer the coach a contract binding him to his new job.

The Indomitable Lions will, in the months ahead, start their qualification campaign for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and 2014 and World Cup in Brazil respectively and Lavagne has to assume his full authority over the team in order to lead them to both events.

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