Samuel Eto's FECAFOOT Rejects Cameroon's Sports Ministry Appointments of Marc Brys as Coach

Samuel Eto's FECAFOOT Rejects Cameroon's Sports Ministry Appointments of Marc Brys as Coach

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 4, 2024 at 11:22 PM
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  • FECAFOOT has reacted to the appointment of Marc Brys as coach
  • The Samuel Eto'o-led federation are yet to replace Rigobert Song
  • Cameroon reached the last 16 at the 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast

The Samuel Eto'o-led Cameroon Football Federation has rejected the appointment of Belgian trainer Marc Brys as the new coach of the Indomitable Lions.

Brys was announced as the new trainer of Cameroon on Tuesday in a statement released by the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education, with Joachim Mununga and Giannis Xilouris as his assistants.

The former Oud Hervelee Leuven coach is expected to replace Rigobert Song, who left in February following the expiration of his contract.

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Samuel Eto'o speaking at a meeting with members of FECAFOOT. Credit: @FECAFOOTOfficiel @OHLeuven.
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However, according to a statement from FECAFOOT signed by Eto'o, they do not recognise Brys as the coach of the national team, claiming it is out of their regulatory framework.

"The national federation cannot recognise these appointments made outside the legal and regulatory framework. In absolute terms, FECAFOOT cannot be a party to this act devoid of any legal basis and cannot comprise with the supernational regulation, and even less, the legal and regulatory provisions in force in our country," read part of the FECAFOOT statement, as reported by Allez Les Lions.

The federation also disclosed that it was surprised by the Ministry's decision despite agreeing to collaborate with the decisions of the country's president.

“FECAFOOT expresses its great astonishment at this act which is contrary to the terms of Decree No. 2014/384 of July 26, 2014 relating to the organization and operation of national football teams,” we can read in a press release.
“This decision taken unilaterally comes at the very moment when FECAFOOT has agreed to follow the instructions of the President of the Republic by providing its frank collaboration with a view to achieving appeasement beneficial to the future of our dear Indomitable Lions," an earlier statement read, as quoted by 13 Football.

Brys was expected to arrive in Cameroon this week to begin his work as the new coach of Cameroon.

Marc Brys appointed as Cameroon coach

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Cameroon have appointed Belgian trainer, Marc Brys, as the country's new head coach following the departure of Rigobert Song last month.

Song's contract was not extended after the Indomitable Lions exited the Africa Cup of Nations in the Round of 16, having managed only one win.

It is believed Brys will immediately take over as coach and will lead the team in his first games during the return of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in June.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.