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YAOUNDE - Cameroon have begun the search for a new coach to replace Frenchman Paul Le Guen, who stepped down after the West African country's worst-ever World Cup performance in South Africa, senior federation officials told state radio.
Though no official contact has yet been made, Cameroon Football Federation president Iya Mohammed said Germany's most capped player, Lothar Matthaeus, and former Ivory Coast coach Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic were among the leading contenders.
"I've never met Lothar Matthaeus but his candidature has been forwarded to us as well as that of former Vahid Halilhodzic and some 10 others," Mohammed said.
The 49-year-old Matthaeus, who has 150 caps and was World Player of the Year in 1990, has coached several clubs in Europe and one in Brazil, as well as Hungary's national team, and managed Israeli club Maccabi Netanya until the end of last season. Halilhodzic, 57, played for Yugoslavia and has coached several clubs including Paris St Germain, after starting out at Raja Casablanca. He was sacked as Ivory Coast coach in February after their Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal exit.
Mohammed said the federation started meeting this week to decide on a profile for candidates, with the emphasis on offering a long-term contract.
"Already, I think we need a new coach who will accept at least a four-year contract. We must end this series of recruiting coaches on short-term contracts and demanding immediate results. We need a trainer that will spend enough time with the players, know them and build a formidable team."
Mohammed said he did not oppose recruiting a Cameroonian coach, if they conformed to the the profile and could stand the pressure . - Reuters