See­dorf sets out on the wrong foot

The Africa Report - - ART & LIFE - O.O.

HAV­ING BEEN FIRED in his two pre­vi­ous high-pro­file jobs, at AC Mi­lan and De­portivo La Coruña, the leg­endary Dutch in­ter­na­tional Clarence See­dorf seems to not be fa­mil­iar with the say­ing ‘the man whose ker­nels have been cracked by a benev­o­lent spirit ought to re­main hum­ble’. Since be­ing ap­pointed coach of the na­tional team in Au­gust, See­dorf has wasted no time court­ing con­tro­versy, os­tracis­ing a num­ber of key play­ers, in­clud­ing cap­tain Ben­jamin Moukandjo and Chris­tian Bas­so­gog by turn­ing his nose up at those ply­ing their trade in China. See­dorf’s missed grasp on the re­al­ity of African foot­ball is al­most a metaphor for how badly an en­tire na­tion is han­dling its shot at rel­e­vance, and how the CAF it­self is stick­ing its head in the sand in ex­pect­ing mir­a­cles to be wrought within such a small, tight win­dow.

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