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Seedorf sacked by Cameroon as Afcon coaching cull continues

Clarence Seedorf was in charge of Cameroon for less than a year, bowing out of the Africa Cup of Nations at the Last 16. OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images

The fallout from the Africa Cup of Nations has continued apace this week, with Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf shown the door on live TV, and two others also getting the sack.

Paul Put was fired by Guinea on Monday despite his side reaching the last 16, while Ricardo Mannetti has not had his contract renewed after Namibia lost all three group games.

This, added to the coaches of hosts Egypt, Tanzania, and Uganda also losing their posts in the wake of disappointing returns, has ensured a job free-for-all on the continent.

Seedorf's sacking was announced by Cameroon's minister of sport, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, on Tuesday, after the defending champions exited the tournament to Nigeria in the round of 16.

Kombi did not mince words on CRTV, saying: "Him staying seems problematic to me. I asked the President of the FA to notify him in accordance with the provisions of his contract.

"Our national team played in an inefficient, monotonous and predictable way. There was no real leader in the squad.

"Our exit from the Africa Cup of Nations in the last 16 confirmed the Coach's inability to build a winning team.

"He's shown great difficulty in managing the squad and imposing order and discipline. He's not fit for this job."

Seedorf had been in charge of Cameroon for just under a year and his 12 games produced four wins, five draws and three defeats.

However, it would have been unfair to have expected a repeat of their campaign in 2017 where they surprisingly won the tournament.

The current side is far from the best that the country has produced, and failed to qualify for last year's World Cup.

Apart from Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper Andre Onana, the biggest name in the squad is arguably Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and he started only eight league matches for Paris St Germain last season.

Seedorf's foray into coaching has so far had mixed results. He was dismissed from his first job at AC Milan after four months in 2014 although that seemed harsh as he had overseen an improvement compared to his predecessor Massimiliano Allegri.

He then had five months as coach of China's Shenzhen FC and in 2017-18 took over at Deportivo Coruna halfway through the season but could not prevent them being relegated.

Reuters contributed to this story.