Marc Brys: Cameroon Sack Belgium Coach After Just Six Weeks Following 'Clash' With Samuel Eto'o

Marc Brys: Cameroon Sack Belgium Coach After Just Six Weeks Following 'Clash' With Samuel Eto'o

Lukman Mumuni
updated at May 29, 2024 at 10:52 AM
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  • Marc Brys has been dismissed as Cameroon coach after just six weeks in charge
  • The Cameroonian Federation has named Martin Ndtoungou as the interim coach
  • Cameroon will face Angola and Cape Verde in the World Cup qualifiers in June

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Belgian trainer Marc Brys has been sacked as Cameroon coach just six weeks following his appointment as head of the technical team of the Indomitable Lions.

The former Royal Antwerp gaffer's appointment has been shrouded in controversy, with the Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT), failing to acknowledge him as coach.

Brys was handed a two-and-a-half-year deal as the new coach of the five-time African champions by the Ministry of Sports in Cameroon.

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Samuel Eto'o and FECAFOOT dismiss Belgian trainer Marc Brys after first meeting. Photos: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/ Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport.
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Although Eto'o later agreed to work with the gaffer, the first meeting between the two ended abruptly after a heated argument between the legendary footballer, a representative from the Ministry and the coach.

FECAFOOT released a statement on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, to announce the dismissal of Brys while naming Martin Ndtoungou Mpile as interim coach for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Meanwhile, it is yet to be known if the Sports Ministry will accept the sacking of the gaffer due to their role in hiring the coach.

Cameroon's football has now been left in a state of disarray following the departure of Rigobert Song after their round of 16 exit at the Nations Cup.

The Indomitable Lions will face Angola and Cape Verde in June's World Cup qualifiers, as reported by Gh Soccerway.

Eto'o 'clashes' with Marc Brys after first meeting

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the FECAFOOT President Samuel Eto'o and Marc Brys were involved in an argument following their first meeting.

The meeting organised at the premises of FECAFOOT ended abruptly after confusion between the Ministry's Technical Advisor, Cyrille Tollo, Eto'o and the Belgium trainer erupted.

The Sports Ministry unilaterally appointed Brys as head coach and handed him a two-and-a-half-year deal without the consultation of the country's federation.

Cameroon players yet to report to camp

Sports Brief also reported that players of Cameroon 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 did not 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.

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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.