Confusion Rocks Cameroon Football as Players Receive Invites to Different Camps Ahead of Qualifiers

Confusion Rocks Cameroon Football as Players Receive Invites to Different Camps Ahead of Qualifiers

Lukman Mumuni
updated at May 28, 2024 at 5:36 AM
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  • Cameroon players are yet to arrive in camp for the World Cup qualifiers
  • The players have received invites to different locations for camping
  • Cameroon will face Cape Verde and Angola in June's World Cup qualifiers

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The players of the Cameroonian national football team have been left in a state of confusion after receiving invites to two different locations ahead of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in June.

The Samuel Eto-led federation is yet to accept the appointment of Marc Brys as head coach of the Indomitable Lions following the Sports Ministry's decision to name the Belgian without consulting FECAFOOT.

This has led to a misunderstanding between the two entities who sent letters to players to report to different venues as preparations begin for the World Cup qualifiers.

Cameroon, AFCON 2023, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Samuel Eto'o, Marc Brys
Cameroon players leaving the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium after defeat to Nigeria on January 27, 2024. Photo: Frank Fife.
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According to 13 Football, the Sports Ministry chose the Ngoa Ekelle Military Stadium for training while FECAFOOT opted for the Mundi Complex.

FECAFOOT's coordinator sent messages to players to report at the Mundi Complex this week.

Meanwhile, a second letter was also sent to the team by the Sports Ministry's representative Benjamin Banlog to meet at another venue.

This has led to disarray as the players who arrived in Cameroon at the end of their European campaign are yet to report to a specified camp.

The power struggle in Cameroonian football arose after the government decided to appoint the next coach following the departure of Rigobert Song, who was widely regarded as an Eto appointment due to their relationship as former teammates.

Before the appointment of the former Royal Antwerp gaffer, FECAFOOT and the Sports Ministry had agreed to work together to find a new coach.

However, a unilateral decision from the government led to the arrival of Brys, who was handed a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Cameroon will face Cape Verde and Angola during the June international break, as reported by Afrique Sports.

Eto'o absent at Marc Brys' unveiling

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the FECAFOOT boss Samuel Eto'o was not present at the unveiling of new Indomitable Lions coach, Marc Brys.

The Belgium trainer arrived in Yaoundé on Monday to sign a two-and-a-half-year contract with the five-time African champions.

At a brief meeting held by Cameroon's Sports Minister, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, Brys and his technical team were tasked to qualify the country to the 2026 World Cup and also ensure a successful Africa Cup of Nations in 2025.

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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.