By Kila Jisi
The Cameroon Government has reaffirmed its intension to negotiate with players ahead of the World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers in June.
“The team is undergoing reconstruction and there is need for dialogue and partnership with players” Adoum Garoua, Sports Minister said during his first press outing since his appointment on December 9.
A meeting set with senior players on May 8 in Paris was postponed.
The Minister has attributed the shift to poor timing.
In the letter convening the meeting, the Minister said “it was a working session to improve the working conditions of and performance of players”.
The players invited for the meeting were Enoh Eyong, Nicolas Nkoulou,Stephane Mbia, Carlos Kameni and Alexandre Song.
The government is going to negotiate with the senior players on issues such as “allowances, participation fees, transportation and health in line with the demands they made in Marrakech during the LG Cup”, Adoum Garoua said.
The players strike in November last year due to unpaid dues led to the cancellation of a friendly against Algeria.
Besides negotiating with the players the Sports Minister though has not signed the contract of Coach Denis Lavagne reassured him of government’s support.
“I reassured the Coach before he left for Paris where the team is preparing for the crucial encounters in June, and he left confident”.
However, Adouma neither said he is going to sign Lavagn’s contract nor denied allegations that there are plans to recruit a new coach.
“If you want to change a coach in two weeks you are going to destabilise the coach, but we have to accompany the team”.
The Minsiter said he equally learnt about the removal of Milla as Fecafoot Honorary President and has asked the federation for explanations.
“The place of the Albert Roger Milla in the promotion of the Sports movement cannot be underscored”.
“I am waiting for the report of the federation to get a deeper understanding and motivation of their action”.
Concerning Samuel Eto’o Fils, the Minister said he followed up the developments, tried to instil peace and is working for to see that peace returns.
“I also congratulate him for his success in his new club Anzhi Makhachkala and for qualifying his team for Europa League.
Adoum Garoua has reiterated the need to re-look some of the text governing football which are obsolete and clarify the status of the Ministry and the federation.
The Cameroon government is preparing for the Olympic Games with plans for the qualified athletes to start a one month camp in Aberdeen North of Britain.