The saying in some quarters that both engaging and sacking a coach always comes with a cost has come to the fore with the duo of Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert reportedly dragging Cameroon to FIFA demanding $8 million for unfair dismissal from their jobs.
The former Dutch internationals were engaged as Chief Coach and Assistants respectively to the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon ahead of the 2019 Nations Cup in Egypt.
The Lions crashed out in the round of 16 losing 3-2 to Super Eagles of Nigeria. The exit was considered too early for comfort by Cameroon Football Federation (CFA), hence the decision to send both coaches packing .
According to Cameroon Press Agency, Seedorf and Kluivert have approached Fifa seeking 5 billion CFA francs ($8 million) as severance package.
“The two Dutch coaches claim from the Cameroonian authorities the sum of 5 billion CFA francs as a severance payment,” reported the Cameroon Press Agency.
They claim they were unfairly dismissed before the first course of their four-year contract was not realised after they were appointed in August 2018 less than a year into the contract.
Cameroonian authorities are yet to respond to the Dutchmen’s claims.
Seedorf took charge of 10 games, winning three, drawing four and losing three.
Cameroon have since appointed Portuguese coach Antonio Conceicao as their new coach as they prepare for the next set of Nations Cup and world cup qualifiers.