Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has shockingly and vehemently denied that he was ever interviewed by Ghana for the vacant Black Stars position, a move to save himself from being sacked by his employers.
The Belgian, who was among three coaches shortlisted for the Black Stars coaching post, told angry Cameroon government officials on Tuesday that he never applied for the job and was not contacted by the Ghana FA.
His claim before jittery Indomitable Lions at a hurriedly arranged meeting on Tuesday sharply contradicts statements by GFA officials on Friday that Broos was among three coaches interviewed for the Black Stars post.
Ghanasoccernet.com exclusively revealed on Monday that angry ministry and federation officials called the Indomitable Lions coach into a meeting to discuss reports in Ghana that he is on the verge of jumping ship to join the Black Stars.
The Belgian is currently under contract with the Indomitable Lions and suggestions that he had been interviewed by Ghana is tantamount to him breaking his agreement with Cameroon.
This could have led to his immediate dismissal by Cameroon for breaking terms of the contract as he is not supposed to engage a third party while under contract.
With Kwesi Appiah getting the Ghana job and a sack looming if he had confirmed approaching the GFA over the Black Stars job, Broos performed an amazing U-turn to save himself from being sacked.
“I would like to apologize for exaggeration. I have certainly humiliated the Cameroonian people,” Broos said at press conference on Tuesday after meeting officials over the Ghana approach.
“There is no reason for me to leave Cameroon.
“Forget about my departure or resignation, and don’t listen to rumours that I am in negotiations with other federations.
“The FA president and I had already discussed of a prolongation,” Broos vehemently denied the obvious.
Ghana could also be in hot waters if it is proven that they have approached the Cameroon coach whose contract is protected under FIFA laws.
A breach of this law is what is widely described up ‘’tapping up’’ which means an attempt to grab someone under contract without a formal approach.
Broos is said to be unhappy over his time with Cameroon and shambolic preparation for last month’s friendly against Guinea is widely believed to have been the cause of the 2-1 defeat.
He threatened to quit the post because of months of unpaid salaries while bad organisation from the federation looks to have compounded the coach’s worries about the Lions.
However, the Cameroon FA is desperate to keep the coach who has been instrumental in the rise of the side condemned by many as ordinary but he helped them to win the Africa Cup of Nations title in February.
The Ghana FA appointed former Black Stars captain and coach James Kwasi Appiah on Tuesday as a successor to Avram Grant.
By: Sheikh Tophic Sienu