Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf has refused to speculate on his future after the defending champions crashed out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in the last 16.
Clarence Seedorf, Cameroon’s new head coach
On Saturday the Indomitable Lions lost 2-3 to Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Alexandria.
Odion Ighalo scored two goals and set up Alex Iwobi for the winner as Nigeria rallied from 2-1 down.
That was after Cameroon had struck twice in quick succession through Stephane Bahoken and Clinton Njie before-half time in Alexandria.
“Maybe you want to give us a few days,” Seedorf responded when asked of his plans following a premature end to Cameroon’s title defence.
“The first thing is I’m very sorry for the boys. They have worked really hard and played well, but this is football and only one can win in the end.
“It’s not so important (about) my future. The important thing is what we have built until now. We’ve improved in many aspects on and off the pitch.
“It’s a group that is very united. I hope the people at home can be proud of the fighting spirit we’ve shown.
“Obviously the disappointment is really big but this is a sport. This is the moment where everyone must say ‘we are united’ and continue to work for the future.”
The former Dutch star has won just three of nine competitive games since taking over the Indomitable Lions alongside assistant Patrick Kluivert last August.
He has struggled to convince he is the right man for the job.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute I’ve been working with this group, being in Africa especially. And we’ll see what comes in the future,” Seedorf said.
“I feel disappointed obviously and also some anger because I thought we were a little bit tense in a few moments, but I have to appreciate the players have done everything they could today. (But) it was not enough.”
“I repeat that we will stay united and not throw away all the great work the team has done in the last months,” Seedorf added.