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Cameroon coach Hugo Broos demands ‘better conditions’ for staff and players

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Cameroon coach Hugo Broos demands 'better conditions' for staff and players

Following their 2-1 defeat to Guinea in an international friendly on Tuesday night, Cameroon Coach Hugo Broos has threatened to resign from his duty post over the “poor conditions” in which his players and staff are let to work in.

Broos, who was appointed in February 2016, blamed the poor treatment of his players before the match for their defeat, and went on to lament the recurring management challenges that the national team have had to bear in the past.

At a news conference after the tie, the Belgian gaffer, who led the Indomitable Lions to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations trophy in Gabon last month, said:

“At mid-day before the match against Guinea, the players didn’t have lunch because the hotel had not been paid. The bad performance against Guinea was a consequence of the poor preparations we had.

“No food? Hotel not been paid? This is the national team. We want better conditions.”

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“I am seriously considering whether I should continue or not. I cannot accept this.

“One year ago when I started working with Cameroon I met many problems. Despite all this we worked hard and reached a new level. But the working conditions are not professional,” he said.

“For example, when we had to go to South Africa last year we were forced to wait for more than two hours on a plane because some officials wanted to put more people than necessary on the plane. It is not fair to pay for other people’s mistakes.

“Also when we went to Nantes the doctor had to pay for some drugs and bandages with his own money for the first two days. He has yet to be refunded.

“We travelled without training kit and equipment because it was too expensive to put it on the plane,” he complained.

However, Cameroon’s Football Federation (Fecafoot) has said via its official Twitter handle that it would launch an inquiry into what led to the comments from the 64-year-old Broos.

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