Cameroon caretaker manager Jean Paul Akono has revealed that he will not be applying for the position of a permanent manager. The Cameroon FA are currently searching for a permanent replacement for Denis Lavagne, was sacked in September.
Cameroon have had to deal with a lot of issues both politically and on the pitch. It is thought that this could be one of the reasons for Akono’s refusal to apply for a permanent job. That have also been suggestions that the wage demands of the $ 30,000 per month by the manager has also been a stumbling block.
Akono, though, has rejected such suggestions by saying that discussions about wages did not take place between him and the Cameroon FA. He has been working without a contract since September. There has also been pressure from the kit manufacturer of the national team, Puma, to change the technical staff. Once a formidable team, Cameroon have lost three out of the last six fixtures. They have also been doing extremely bad in the recent major tournaments. However, Akono managed to get his team to victory in the recent World Cup qualifying match against Togo. The 2-1 win means that Cameron sit top of the World Cup qualifying group.
“My technical staff and I were surprised by this request for application, because we do not see the reason for such a step taken by the Minsep, who were not forced to do it. And even in the Fécafoot texts, such a procedure does not exist. They have asked me to apply, as well as my staff and I do not understand why. Why must I apply for a post that is already occupied? I could not fall into a cruder trap. This is why I am not going to apply, since I am already in the position,” said Akono.