Brys takes over from Song in Cameroon but Fecafoot didn’t appoint him

April 3 – Belgian Marc Brys has been appointed Rigobert Song’s replacement as Cameroon’s national team coach.

The 61-year-old has coached 15 clubs in his career, in Belgium, the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia. His last job was a three-year stint with Leuven.

Brys’ assistant coach will be former Cameroon forward Francois Omam-Biyik, who scored 26 international goals between 1985 and 1998.

They take over a team who were dumped out of the recent Africa Cup of Nations by Nigeria in the last 16.

Cameroon are currently top of Group D of African qualifying for the 2026 World Cup, following a win over Mauritius and an away draw with Libya.

The Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot) has expressed its “great astonishment” at the appointment of Brys which appears to have been conducted by the country’s sports ministry.

Fecafoot appeared to be unaware the appointment was coming, saying the decision was “taken unilaterally”.

“The Cameroonian Football Federation learned, at the same time as all Cameroonians, of the appointment to positions of responsibility within the national senior men’s football selection,” a statement on social media said.

The governing body added that it “intends to shed light on this regrettable situation” and “communicate without delay” on “the reaction it intends to have”.

Former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has been president of Fecafoot since December 2021. He is currently being investigated by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for alleged improper conduct.

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