After a dismal show at the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals, Cameroon has released Coach Clarence Seedorf from his duties along with his assistant Patrick Kluivert.
Cameroon lost 3-2 to Nigeria in the last 16 at the finals, crashing out, which led to the country’s sports minister calling for the dissolution of Seedorf’s technical bench.
The former Real Madrid midfielder had signed a four-year deal to take charge of Cameroon in August 2018 and was hoping to continue coaching the team, as he felt his squad had shown great promise.
A statement confirmed that “following the premature exit of Cameroon’s men’s flagship squad, Cameroon’s Football Federation in line with clauses in their respective contracts has decided to bring an end to the contracts of Seedorf and Kluivert”.
Seedorf and Kluivert were given the task of retaining the Africa Cup of Nations which was originally intended to be held in Cameroon and set the target of reaching the 2021 edition of the tournament and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Apart from Seedorf, other coaches who have lost their jobs after AFCON exits include Egypt’s Javier Aguirre, Tanzania’s Emmanuel Amuneke, Uganda’s Sebastien Desabre, Namibia’s Ricardo Mannetti and Paul Put who coached Guinea.