Cameroon sack See­dorf, Kluiv­ert af­ter Cup fail­ure

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Cameroon have sacked Dutch coach Clarence See­dorf af­ter their dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance at the Africa Cup of Na­tions, with his de­par­ture com­ing af­ter the coun­try’s sports minister had de­manded his exit.

See­dorf’s as­sis­tant, for­mer Nether­lands striker Pa­trick Kluiv­ert, has also been axed af­ter the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons were dumped out in the last 16 af­ter los­ing 3-2 to Nige­ria ear­lier this month.

The In­domitable Lions won just one of their four matches at the tour­na­ment in Egypt, which led to calls from the coun­try’s sports minister, Nar­cisse Mouelle Kombi, for the pair to be re­leased from their con­tracts.

He got his wish within hours on Tues­day as Cameroon’s soc­cer fed­er­a­tion an­nounced it had ter­mi­nated the four-year deal See­dorf had signed in Au­gust 2018.

The body said in a state­ment on that it had brought an end to the re­spec­tive con­tracts of See­dorf and Kluiv­ert “fol­low­ing the pre­ma­ture exit of Cameroon’s men’s flag­ship squad.”

For­mer AC Mi­lan and Nether­lands mid­fielder See­dorf was in charge for 12 matches, but won only four against Malawi, Co­moros Is­lands, Zam­bia and Guinea-bis­sau.

The job was his first in in­ter­na­tional soc­cer af­ter pre­vi­ous brief spells in charge of AC Mi­lan, China’s Shen­zhen FC and De­portivo la Coruna in Spain.

Cameroon will host the next Na­tions Cup fi­nals in June 2021, but must take part in the 2022 World Cup qual­i­fiers that are likely to start later this year.

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