Hugo Broos: South Africa Coach Warns Belgian Trainer Marc Brys After His Cameroon Appointment

Hugo Broos: South Africa Coach Warns Belgian Trainer Marc Brys After His Cameroon Appointment

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 13, 2024 at 7:30 PM
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  • Hugo Broos has reacted to the appointment of Marc Brys as Cameroon coach
  • FECAFOOT, the Cameroon Football Federation, does not agree with the appointment
  • FECAFOOT boss Samuel Eto'o missed the unveiling of the coach in Yaoundé last week

South Africa coach, Hugo Broos, has sent a message to his compatriot Marc Brys following his appointment as coach of Cameroon.

Brys was named coach of the Indomitable Lions despite a disagreement between the country's Sports Ministry and the federation's head, Samuel Eto'o.

The veteran gaffer went on to sign a two-and-a-half-year deal to replace Rigobert Song, who left his role at the end of February.

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Hugo Broos speaks at a press conference ahead of a South Africa game. Credit: Lefty Shivambu
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Broos before agreeing to lead the Bafana Bafana had coached Cameroon to their fifth AFCON triumph in 2017.

"After the poor performance at the last AFCON, the problems between the ministry and Samuel Eo'o aggravated. In principle, the ministry alone cannot decide on who will be the national coach. It must go through the federation," Broos told HNL.BE, as quoted by Allez Les Lions.
"Somehow Eto'o anger is understandable. Either way, it is not good for Brys," he added.
"And anyway, the work is not easy there. There are 23 million coaches. Everyone has his opinion on what concerns the national team. The Minister of Sports comes to speak to the team before every match, in the morning, saying it is a must-win game. The pressure is always immense."

Brys will make his debut with the Indomitable Lions in June's World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde and Angola.

While Broos argues the job is not easy, he also advised Brys to find a way of working with Eto'o since he has the backing of the Sports Ministry.

"I wonder if the two men, Eto'o and Brys, will be able to work constructively," he said. "It is clear we can't hope to rule out Eto'o. He is untouchable. He is a god in Cameroon. He has a lot of power and you don't really want him against you," he added.

Song left as coach of Cameroon at the end of his contract in February, as reported by The Athletic.

Marc Brys named Cameroon coach

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Cameroon have appointed 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.
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