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Cameroon sack Seedorf and Kluivert after Nations Cup failure

Wednesday, 2019-07-17 07:22:11
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Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf. (Photo: Reuters)
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Cameroon have sacked Dutch coach Clarence Seedorf after their disappointing performance at the Africa Cup of Nations, with his departure coming after the country’s sports minister had demanded his exit.

Seedorf’s assistant, former Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert, has also been axed after the defending champions were dumped out in the last 16 after losing 3-2 to Nigeria earlier this month. The Indomitable Lions won just one of their four matches at the tournament in Egypt, which led to calls from the country’s sports minister, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, for the pair to be released from their contracts.

* England defender Kieran Trippier is on the verge of moving from Tottenham Hotspur to Atletico Madrid, reports in the Spanish and British media said on Tuesday.

* Sheffield United have signed former Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison on a one-year deal following a trial period with the club with an option to stay longer, the newly promoted Premier League side said on Tuesday.

* Barcelona have re-signed left back Marc Cucurella from Eibar after the 20-year-old's impressive first season in the Spanish top flight. A statement from the La Liga champions said they had exercised a buy-back clause in the player's contract for four million euros, less than two months after Eibar had agreed to sign him on a permanent basis for two million euros.

* Norwich City have signed defender Sam Byram from West Ham United on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, the promoted Premier League club said on Tuesday. The 25-year-old right back, who made 36 appearances for West Ham after joining them in 2016, spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest but missed most of the campaign due to a knee injury.

* Tiger Woods has shrugged off concerns about his lack of golf heading into this week's British Open, saying he needs to carefully manage the remaining years of his career. Woods has played only 10 competitive rounds since winning the Masters in April and his last tournament start was at the US Open. By the time the 43-year-old tees up on Thursday he will have gone 32 days without playing competitively.

* Arsenal manager Unai Emery said he is awaiting a decision on Laurent Koscielny after the captain refused to travel with the squad for their pre-season tour to the United States but added the Premier League club must "keep moving ahead" regardless. The 33-year-old French centre back, who has a year left on his contract, has been linked by the British media with a switch to Ligue 1 clubs Girondins Bordeaux and Olympique Lyonnais.

* The agent of Real Madrid's Welsh international forward Gareth Bale has rubbished reports in the Spanish press linking the player with a return to his former club Tottenham Hotspur.

* Brahim Diaz's chances of earning a place in Real Madrid's first-team squad for the coming season have suffered a setback after the youngster injured a hamstring during the club's pre-season training camp in Montreal. The 19-year-old, who joined Madrid from Manchester City for 17 million euros in January, impressed under coach Zinedine Zidane at the end of last season, making nine first-team appearances.

* Paris St Germain have signed French defender Abdou Diallo on a five-year deal from German side Borussia Dortmund, the French champions said on Tuesday. No financial details were disclosed but media reports said the fee was worth about 29 million pounds (US$35.98 million).

Reuters, Xinhua