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Lions’ Brussels humiliation: the usual suspect suspected

Andre Nlend, an official of the ministry of sports and physical education who has repeatedly been accused of engaging in…

Andre Nlend, an official of the ministry of sports and physical education who has repeatedly been accused of engaging in shady deeds each time he manages financial transactions on behalf of the national team is reportedly responsible for the team’s hotel embarrassment in Brussels

Fingers are once again pointing at Andre Nlend, Coordinator of the Indomitable Lions. He is accused of putting the national team in a mess. The official who had been sacked but only found himself reappointed after the reappointment of Ishmael Bidoung Mkpatt as sports and physical education minister, was in charge of the team’s bills in Brussels.

In a post-match press conference, the head coach, Hugo Broos complained staff of the hotel that hosted his team refused to serve them food a few hours before they went on the pitch. He said they would not serve them food because the team’s bills were not fully paid. It is not the first time accusing fingers are pointing at Nlend for subjecting national team players to embarrassments during international outings.

On March 27 last year when the Indomitable Lions had to travel to South Africa for an AFCON qualifier. The players left the Douala International Airport two hours late. Coach Broos said it was because officials wanted to bring on board many people who were not part of the registered delegation.

Besides adding unregistered people into the delegation, the coordinator, we gathered, had reserved 45 seats on a flight to Durban instead of getting the team a special flight as officially planned.

Coach Broos also complained about the management of the affairs of the team when they travelled to France in May 2016 for a friendly. He said they stayed in France for two days without equipment. He also said the equipment of the team were abandoned in Yaounde. He was told it was because of financial constraints.

He revealed that the coordinator of the team is yet to refund money one of the doctors of the team used out of his personal funds to purchase equipment for the team before the match against France on May 30, 2016.

Andre Nlend was in 2012, brought before the Special Criminal Court in Yaounde to face charges of embezzlement of national team players’ money. The outcome of the trial is yet awaited.

It should be recalled that the vice president of the cameroon football federation, in reaction to Coach Broos’ complaints, stated yesterday that an investigation will be opened on the incidents he raised on March 28, after the Lion’s lost a friendly to Guinea Bissau. Alioum Alhadji also vowed no one and nothing will be allowed to prevent the coach from achieving his vision for the national team.

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