Fake news, political interference, power struggle between Eto’o and the Minister of Sports: the saga around Marc Brys continues in Cameroon

Fake news, political interference, power struggle between Eto’o and the Minister of Sports: the saga around Marc Brys continues in Cameroon
Fake news, political interference, power struggle between Eto’o and the Minister of Sports: the saga around Marc Brys continues in Cameroon

It’s difficult to see clearly in this whole story. This Tuesday, the Cameroonian football federation announced that Marc Brys had been suspended from his duties as coach, considering that his appointment was not legal. As a reminder, the former coach of OH Louvain signed a contract to take charge of the Indomitable Lions on April 8. Brys had reached an agreement with Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, the… Minister of Sports. That Samuel Eto’o was not present during the Antwerp coach’s inauguration ceremony already said a lot about his own position. The country’s former star striker clearly did not support Mouelle Kombi’s decision. Feeling ignored, Eto’o bluntly called Brys’ induction a“illegal”. Consequence: a power struggle broke out.

If Brys still went so far as to announce his first preselection with a view to the next qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup (against Cape Verde and Angola), a new bombshell came to call everything into question this Tuesday. Fécafoot, the local federation, announced that the entire staff was suspended. According to Samuel Eto’o, no regulatory or legal framework allowed the appointment of Brys to the position of coach. The Team even announced the dismissal of the Antwerp resident.

For his part, Brys doesn’t know anything. “Am I fired? This appears to be fake news”, he briefly reacted. He has not yet been notified of any suspension, let alone dismissal. The coach still hopes to make his debut as coach at the beginning of June.

The Ministry of Sports was quick to speak out. “The only valid technical, administrative and medical staff of the Indomitable Lions is that designated in accordance with the Very High Instructions of the Presidency of the Republic.declared Cyrille Tollo, advisor to the ministry, obviously attacking Samuel Eto’o. The time is no longer for sterile gesticulation, for a desperate appeal from Fifa for help, in the selfish and irresponsible hope of seeing Cameroon suspended from all competitions. Never has our king sport been so flush with the daisies! In all its history, Cameroonian football has never been so dragged through the mud! […] We can legitimately ask ourselves whether we are still in a sporting battle. The answer is no. The issues are now eminently political, but let’s stay in football for now.”

The last word has not been said in this affair. Especially since Fifa does not authorize political interference in football associations.

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