Irate Haan quits as Cameroon coach in less than 6 months

YAOUNDE - Dutchman Arie Haan has quit as Cameroon coach less than six months into a two-year contract, the central African country's official Cameroon Tribune daily reported at the weekend.

YAOUNDE - Dutchman Arie Haan has quit as Cameroon coach less than six months into a two-year contract, the central African country's official Cameroon Tribune daily reported at the weekend.

The paper quoted Haan, whom national soccer federation FECAFOOT said went absent without leave for two months last year, as saying he had offered his resignation to FECAFOOT chief Jean Lambert Nang.

"I have decided as from this day, the 31st of January 2007, to put an end to my collaboration with Cameroon.

"I have sent an e-mail to Mr Nang, the general manger of FECAFOOT, to inform him," the paper quoted Haan as saying.

Nang and other FECAFOOT officials could not be reached for immediate comment.

The Tribune said Haan was unhappy he had been left out of a delegation that was following Cameroon's youth team at an African junior championship.

He had also opposed a friendly match scheduled for Wednesday against Togo, preferring to play a stronger team such as Ivory Coast.

Haan signed a two-year contract last August, charged with steering the Indomitable Lions through their qualifying campaign for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana.

But relations with FECAFOOT quickly soured, and in December Nang said Haan had disappeared for two months in contravention of a contractual clause stipulating he must remain resident in Cameroon, the newspaper said. - Reuters

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