Clarence Seedorf has reportedly been sacked as Cameroon manager after a poor performance at Africa Cup of Nations.
The country’s sports minister, Narcise Mouelle Kombi, criticised the former Netherlands international on live television and said he would be axed from his position.
The Indomitable Lions were knocked out of the tournament at the round of 16 stage when they were beaten 3-2 by Nigeria.
The Cameroon Football Federation have not yet released an official statement to confirm or deny Seedorf’s rumoured sacking.
Sports minister Kombi said on CRTV: “The question of keeping Seedorf at the helm of our national team is there for all to see.
“I don’t believe, based on all circumstances that have been created, we will find an answer in terms of renewal.
“Him staying seems problematic to me. I asked the president of the FA to notify him in accordance with the provisions of his contract.
Cameroon Sports Minister Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi has announced on state television CRTV that Clarence Seedorf will not continue as head coach of the Indomitable Lions with immediate effect because “he is not fit for the job”. pic.twitter.com/7LOx0xEUdr
Riyad Mahrez scored a fantastic free kick with the last shot of the game to take Algeria to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final.
With the semi-final against Nigeria tied at 1-1, and with the clock running over into a fifth minute of a supposedly four-minute stoppage time period, Mahrez stepped up and proved why he is his country’s talisman.
However during the game, Bensebaini appeared to grab Ivorian attacker Wilfried Zaha’s arm and hit himself in the face with it – an attempt to get the dangerous Crystal Palace star sent off.
Referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa did not fall for the Algerian’s antics after the pair had already been booked for an incident that occurred earlier in the first half – the two players squaring up to one another.
Bensebaini, 24, had started the game well as he provided the cross to former West Ham United winger, Sofiane Feghouli who slotted in the opener on the 20 minute mark.
But during the scandalous incident with Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha, the Algerian defender lost all class as he rolled around on the floor writhing in pain – a very childish act.
Before the shootout began, Algeria had already missed an earlier penalty in normal time, a chance to go 2-0 up, before Al Sadd hit the woodwork.
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Zaha was withdrawn from the Ivory Coast side in extra time so wasn’t available to take a spot kick – he was aiming to add to the two goals he had already scored in the tournament so far.
It was instead the Algerian who stepped up first in the shootout, calmly slotting his penalty away, with Algeria going through to face Nigeria in the semi-final on Sunday.
Goalkeeper Loydt Kazapua almost gifted the Elephants an opener when he fumbled a cross straight to Wilfried Bony, but blocked the former Swansea striker’s shot with his body outside the box before gathering his follow-up effort.
Max Gradel fired the Elephants in front six minutes before half-time when he was ruled marginally onside as he ran onto Franck Kessie’s superb lofted through-ball and fired across Kazapua.
And it was 2-0 just before the hour when Serey Die let fly from 35 yards and a deflection off defender Ryan Nyambe left the keeper helpless.
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Zaha was denied two clear penalties before Namibia cut the deficit when goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo cleared the ball straight to Joslin Kamatuka, who shimmied past Serge Kanon before finishing.
But Zaha, who Palace value at £80m, and substitute Maxwel Cornet scored in the final 10 minutes to make victory safe for Ibrahim Kamara’s side, who finish second after South Africa conceded a late winner to group champions Morocco.
The Liverpool forward, who helped the Reds to a sixth European Cup earlier this month, leads a Senegal side who are among the favourites to be crowned champions of Africa at the biennial event this summer.
A host of star-studded players, including Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye, join Mane in the country’s bid to win the competition for the first time in its history.
And while he knows the test that lies ahead, Mane is already dreaming of a glorious homecoming to Dakar.
“Of course we are one of the favourites, we cannot hide from that. But this standing is not enough to go all the way,” the Reds forward told France Football.
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“Winning with my country, which has never won the Africa Cup of Nations, that would be magnificent.
“I am even ready to swap a Champions League to win an Africa Cup of Nations.
“The return to Dakar would be extraordinary. This is my biggest and most crazy dream.”
The Lions of Teranga got off to the best possible start with a comfortable win over Tanzania on Sunday.
Mane missed the opener due to suspension, but goals from Keita Balde Diao and Krepin Diatta ensured a 2-0 victory in his absence.
The skipper will return for his country’s second group game against Algeria on Thursday.
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