Cameroon football chief Paul Biya insists he has not spoken to Lothar Matthaus about taking over as manager of the national team.
The former Germany captain, who has had spells in charge of Hungary, Red Bull Salzburg and Maccabi Netanya, has been linked with the role following the resignation of Paul Le Guen after a first-round exit at the World Cup.
Matthaus is reported to have told the Welt am Sonntag this week that marital problems prevented him from becoming the manager of the Indomitable Lions.
In an interview with the publication, he said the wife of Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) president Biya heard of his marriage problems and did not want him to lead the national team.
However, in a statement on the Cameroon FA's official website, Biya denies making any contact with Matthaus.
"Following declarations made by Mr Lothar Matthaus in some Western media, and echoed by the local media about his reasons for not being hired as coach of the Indomitable Lions, the President of the Cameroon Football Federation wishes to reiterate what had already been said in an interview with the Cameroon Tribune on July 5." Biya said.
"He wishes to confirm that he has never met Mr. Lothar Matthaus. The Cameroon Football Federation never discussed this issue with him, therefore it is unbecoming of him to say that his recruitment was stopped by any Cameroonian personality whatsoever.''