Frustrated Cameroonian coach Otto Pfister calls it quits

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Cameroon national coach, Otto Pfister, Wednesday sent his letter of resignation to the Minister for Sports and Physical Education, Augustin Edjo. The latter had to rush to Belgium for a crisis meeting; to find a solution to the seemingly unending complexities of the Cameroonian National team, the indomitable Lions.

In his letter, the German coach, Otto Pfister complained of deleterious working conditions and a lack of collaboration among members of the technical staff of the Indomitable Lions. According to him, he has absolutely no support from anyone, including those who brought him to Cameroon. This caused the coach to lose his cool. He also regretted the tensions caused by the management team in Cameroon. In fact, in a recent interview, Mr. Pfister reiterated the fact that he was not given the freedom to handle the Lions and that his choices were always contested.

Otto Pfister’s three deputies, Kahama Michel, Jean-Paul Akono Ndoungou Mpille and Martin have, on the other hand, argued that they were not involved in the selection of the 25 players of the national team. But for Otto Pfister, Cameroon is the only country in the world where the technical staff seeks to discuss the list of players, which he believes is a prerogative reserved for a head coach. “The development of a list is the sole responsibility of the coach,” he said.

Mr. Otto Pfister’s resignation of has revived controversy over who reserves the right to coach the Lions. Many Cameroonians have expressed their believe that the position should be exclusively Cameroonian. In the meantime, however, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have no official coach, that is, following Otto Pfister’s May 26 resignation letter. Despite this drama, they are expected to put their acts together and win their match with Morocco on June 7, in Yaounde.

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