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Cameroon's coach quits Cameroon's coach quits
by Amin George Forji
2007-02-07 08:37:39
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The bilingual daily Cameroon Tribune recently announced that national trainer, Dutchman, Arie Haan has quit his post six months after taking the job, citing irreconcilable differences with the country's football federation FECAFOOT. He is said to have submitted his resignation letter by email to FECAFOOT's General Manager, Jean Lambert Nang.

"I have decided, as from this day the 31st of January 2007, to put an end to my collaboration with Cameroon. I have sent an email to Mr. Nang, the general manger of FECAFOOT, to inform him," the paper quoted Haan after he confirmed the email by telephone. According to the Cameroon Tribune, Haan is yet to inform the Ministry of Sports of his resignation.

Haan had signed a two year renewable contract with Cameroon in August 2006, with the task to qualify the Indomitable Lions for the 2008 African Nations Cup in Ghana, as well win Cameroon a prestigious ticket for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but had fallen out with FECAFOOT since December 2006. The latter accused him of violating the terms of his employment contract after going AWOL in Europe for up to two months.

When Haan eventually returned to the central African country, he threatened to take sue Cameroon to FIFA for "deceiving" the world that they did not know his whereabouts. He justified his absence for the federation's failure to secure him accommodation in the country's capital, Yaoundé.

Relations between Haan and the federation reached new lows in January after the two disagreed on what team Cameroon should play on February 7th, a day set aside by FIFA for national friendlies. FECAFOOT turned down Haan's option for the Indomitable Lions to play against the Elephants of Ivory Coast in Paris, in preference for a match against the Sparrow Hawks (Les Epreuves) of Togo in Lomé, who are said to have made a better lucrative proposal in financial terms to the federation.

At the time, Haan said it was inexplicable to him why the federation would impose an 18-hour flight for the players to fly from Europe to Lomé on a Wednesday without any assurances that they were going to get back to their respective clubs the following Thursday, in conformity with FIFA's regulations. While expressing his frustrations to the press at the time, Haan accused the federation of organizing the match against the principal objective of getting the Indomitable Lions prepared for their forthcoming African Cup of Nation's qualifying match against Liberia in March.

In his resignation letter, Haan is said to have further accused FECAFOOT of deliberately sidelining him from the delegation that led the junior Lions to the Junior African Cups of Nations currently taking place in Congo. He said he had asked to be included in the delegation, to enable him explore new potential blood for the senior team, but that his request felt on deaf ears. "I was recruited to produce good results, but I can say that so far, I have not been given good working conditions. Consequently, I have decided to quit...." Haan wrote, per Cameroon Tribune.

Haan took over from the Portuguese born, Arthur Jorge who equally resigned in February 2006 following Cameroon’s failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, and elimination at the quarter finals of the African Nations' Cup.

    
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