Cameroon has reached an agreement with Dutch duo Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert for a four year contract as head coach and assistant coach respectively of the country’s senior national football team.
The deal was sealed after midnight negotiations which began on Thursday 9 to the early hours of Friday 10 August around 1am. Discussions went behind closed doors at the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education.
Minister Ismael Bidoung alongside the president of the normalisation committee of the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT represented the state of Cameroon.
After the prolonged discussions, both parties emerged at the conference room of the Sports ministry in Yaounde where signatures were appended on documents in the presence of journalists.
Though details of the contract are sketchy, , the four year indenture tasks Seedorf and Kluivert to reach at least the finals of the 2019 AFCON which Cameroon will be hosting. The same agreement indicates that, the Dutch technicians must qualify Cameroon for the 2021 edition of the AFCON and the 2022 FIFA World.
Emerging from the conference room, new indomitable Lions’ head coach Clarence Seedorf told reporters that “ it has been a long day. We were finalising a lot of details because we want to work properly. We want to be part of the country’s football development…. We want to welcome the first team goals in the next tournament that we have next year. Thank you Cameroon because we are going to work from now” Seedorf told reporters.
Deptuy Kluivert in a chat with the press stated that “we are very happy to be here. Cameroon is the winner of the 2017 AFCON…..we are here to work together and hope we will see on the pitch”. The new lion’s deputy head coach quipped.
Both coaches have left the country and are expected to return in the days ahead to begin work. Their first match in charge will be on September 7 this year.
Though details about their salaries are not made public, sources have hinted The National Times that, head coach, Seedorf will earn FCFA 33 million a month while his assistant Kluivert will take home FCFA 30million.
Pundits say, the combined salary is affordable compared to tactician Steven Erikson who was reportedly asking for FCFA 70 million a month.