Cameroon sack Indomitable Lions head coach Hugo Broos for failing to secure World Cup qualification

HUGO Broos has been sacked as the Indomitable Lions head coach by the normalisation committee that runs the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) in a long-expected move following his failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.


Mr Broos who has enjoyed a successful spell in charge of Indomitable Lions having lead the team to victory at last Africa Cup of Nations was fired following a meeting this morning and his compensation package is what is being discussed. His love affair turned sour after winning the Nations Cup though as his team did badly in the Confederation Cup and failed to qualify for Russia 2018.


At the Fifa Confederations Cup, Cameroon only picked up one point from three games, losing to Germany and Chile and just managing to secure a draw with Australia. In its World Cup qualification group, Les Lions Indomitable only managed to secure one win and four draws, finishing third behind Nigeria and Zambia, with Algeria propping up the table.


A Fecafoot spokesman said: "We took the decision due among others, the failure on the side of the coach to guide the team to 2018 World Cup and his involvement in the famous Brussels Scandal."


After being in the job for just over a year, Mr Broos leaves the lucrative job weeks after having been nominated for CAF Coach of the Year award alongside Héctor Cúper, Hussein Amotta, Gernot Rohr and Mihayo Kazembe. Mr Broos, 65, has revealed before that he turned down several managerial jobs after his Africa Cup of Nations triumph, including an offer to coach South Africa national team.


Apart from coaching Cameroon, Broos has vast experience as a manager, having won the Belgian Championship twice with Club Brugge and then again with Anderlecht. He has also enjoyed spells in Greece, Turkey and Algeria over recent years.


During World Cup qualification, Cameroon was drawn in what was termed Africa's group of death and despite being highly favoured to do well, the team perrformed very poorly, losing 0-4 to Nigeria in Uyo and only managing a 1-1 draw in the return leg, which effectively secured Nigeria's qualification. Against Zambia, Les Lions Indomitable could only manage two draws, while against Algeria, the team drew away in Algiers and secured its only win of the qualifiers at home with a 2-0 victory ni Yaounde.