At the end of the contract on February 7th, the Belgian Hugo Broos, coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, finally decided not to prolong his adventure with the African champions. Despite the Sports Minister’s wish to see him continue his mission …

According to Jeune Afrique, on Saturday, November 11, Hugo Broos will be in charge in his last game with the Indomitable Lions in a qualifying match in view of the 2018 World Cup against Zambia. This meeting without a stake in a group dominated by Nigeria, however, will take a particular dimension.

On February 4, Cameroon was crowned African champion in Libreville after a final win over Egypt (2-1). Nine months later, however, the Belgian technician has chosen not to accept the proposal to extend a contract that will officially end on February 7, 2018.

According to the magazine, Hugo Broos has just sent to Bidoung Mpkatt, the Cameroonian Minister of Sports, a letter informing him of his decision. The coach of the Indomitable Lions should confirm this information during the pre-game press conference he will give this Friday, in anticipation of the game against Zambia.

On November 3, the former Red Devil defender met Bidoung Mpkatt, who had offered to sign a new 18-month lease, until the end of AFCON 2019 – which Cameroon will hold.

Hugo Broos, who had asked for a time for reflection, finally decided not to follow up on this offer, preferring to give a new direction to his career.

Salary delays

The reasons for this refusal are multiple. The salary which comes out at 47,000 euros per month, is currently about four months behind in the payment of his salary, a situation he has mentioned several times since his appointment in February 2016. Moreover, some of his professional fees have not yet been reimbursed.

To these recurrent financial constraints is added a certain weariness compared to the situation of the Cameroonian football. “There is no more federation, since FIFA has imposed a temporary standardization committee. It makes things more complicated and a lot of things do not work as they should. Broos has also been the subject of very violent criticism, this is what led him to not accept this new contract, “says a source familiar with the matter.

Several teams have shown interest in the services of the Belgian tactician since he won the the title continental with Cameroon (Ghana, South Africa, CS Sfax, Zamalek), Hugo Broos was recently proposed to the AS Saint-Etienne, where the Spanish coach Oscar Garcia, in difficulty since the defeat vis-a-vis Lyon (0-5) on November 5, for the moment enjoys the confidence of its leaders.

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