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Domenech in running for Cameroon job

May 8, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Former France coach Raymond Domenech remains in the running to become boss of Cameroon despite reports he had withdrawn his candidacy.

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Domenech, 61, has been out of football since the end of Les Bleus' disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign, forever synonymous with the squad's infamous strike. Keen to return to the dug-out, the former Lyon defender applied for the job to replace Jean-Paul Akono at the head of the Indomitable Lions when the Cameroon FA asked for applications for the job last month.

Domenech's agent, Stephane Canard, told L'Equipe his client should still be considered for the post.

"We've sent Mr Domenech's CV, but I've been inundated with calls from middlemen, who say that, thanks to them, he is on the shortlist. It's one of those middlemen who told Mr Iya, the president of the Cameroon FA, that [Domenech] would no longer be a candidate. That's not true."

Akono, 61, replaced Frenchman Denis Lavagne last September, and has been working without a contract since. He told Reuters in an interview last month he was "shocked and embarrassed" to hear on state radio that the federation had asked for candidates to apply for his job. Akono won his only match in charge to date, a 2-1 World Cup qualifier triumph over Togo in March.

Cameroon are top of Group I in the second round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup finals, but face tricky away trips to Togo and the Democratic Republic of Congo next month.