Cameroon Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Adoum Garoua, has reiterated his confidence in Coach Jean Paul Akono despite his inability to qualify the team for the African Nations Cup over the week-end.
Speaking on the National Radio, the Minister said “Akono and his staff have done a good job in putting in place a good team within a short while. Actors agree that we have a good team, which can be ameliorated by injecting young players”.
But, Jean Paul Akono and his staff do not yet have a work contract. Akono was appointed like a fire brigade to up save a situation- qualify the team for the African Nations Cup.
Though Cameroon defeated Cape Verde 2-1 the team could not qualify and many Cameroonians have been keen on knowing Akono’s fate.
Looking into the future, Sports Minister asked the federation for a preparatory programme for the national team especially friendly during Fifa days ahead of the World Cup qualifiers next year.
Adoum Garoua hailed Cameroonians for the support to the Lions during the encounter against Cape Verde. Also for the responsible behaviour exhibited after the non qualification of the Lions for the African Nations Cup.
He recalled the incident in Senegal when the supporters took to the field to disrupt the Senegal-Ivory Coast match when the latter was leading 2-0.
“I was disappointed like every Cameroonian, despite our win we could not qualify; the Gods of the stadium were not with us”.