After news of his resignation as coach of Cameroon became public on Wednesday 27 May 2009, Otto Pfister agreed to give the reasons for his decision exclusively to FIFA.com.
"I was in Europe getting news on some of my players when I heard about the dismissal of my assistant, Mr Gweha Ikouam Junior as well as the appointment of three other people onto my staff," said Pfister. "As this decision had been taken without consulting me, I have chosen to resign. I insist on praising the work of Mr Gweha, the best assistant I have ever worked with."
I was in Europe getting news on some of my players when I heard about
the dismissal of my assistant, Mr Gweha Ikouam Junior as well as the
appointment of three other people onto my staff.
Having held the position since 2007, the German-born strategist, who guided Togo to a place at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, also took the Indomitable Lions to the final of the CAF African Cup of Nations 2008, where they lost 1-0 to Egypt.
Pfister also made it clear that he will not be reversing his decision: "I have seen the (Cameroon Football Association) officials, I travelled to Yaounde to meet with them. But all I did was confirm that my decision was firm and final."
Currently involved in Group A of the third and final stage of qualifying for South Africa 2010, Cameroon's next qualifiers are at home to Morocco on 7 June and away against Gabon on 20 June. Both encounters have taken on an extra edge for the four-time African champions after their 1-0 defeat in their opening group game in Togo in March this year.