The future of the Cameroon national team manager Jean Paul Akono has been thrown into doubt after the Minister for sports and physical education has apparently requested the Cameroon football Federation to search for a new coach. He has also said that any local coaches interested in managing the national team can also apply for the position.
This comes as a major shock to Cameroon football because the minister was responsible for appointing Jean Paul Akono in order to solve the problems faced by the national team. However, he has been unable to assert any authority on the national team, while he has also failed to qualify for the 2013 African cup of nations.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup remains as the only hope for the national team for next few years because of the lack of any major tournaments during this time. Hence, in order to qualify for this competition, it is expected that Cameroon will be acting swiftly and replacing Jean Paul Akono with another manager. He is yet to make significant changes to the first-team, although he has made peace with some of the older players and brought in some new players to the national team. However, the team has registered just one victory in the last five matches, which has not been simply deemed good enough by the Minister of sports and physical education.
Jean Paul Akono is thought to be considering a trip to England in order to convince two of the star names for the national team – Benoit Assou Ekotto of Tottenham and David Ngog of Bolton Wanderers – to return to the national team and help them qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Cameroon are the most successful team at the African cup of nations, but they failed to qualify for this year’s edition.