Rigobert Song appointed new Cameroon coach after Sacking of Toni Conceicao
- Legendary Cameroon defender Rigobert Song is the new head coach of the Indomitable Lions after President Paul Biya ordered the sports ministry for his appointment
- The former Liverpool centre back has replaced Toni Conceicao who led the Indomitable Lions to the World Cup play-offs and took them to a third-placed finish at the 2021 AFCON
- Rigobert Song made 137 appearances for the Cameroon national team and led them to two AFCON trophies in 2000 and 2002
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have named their former captain Rigobert Song as their new head coach.
A statement from the Cameroonian Sports Ministry, signed by the Minister, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, said Song had been appointed on the instruction of the country’s President, Paul Biya.
The statement said that current coach, Toni Conceicao and the entire technical team, had been replaced.
“The Ministry of Sports and Physical Education has the honour of informing the public that on the instruction of the President of the Republic, that the coach of the national team, Toni Conceicao and the rest of the technical team had been replaced,” the statement said.
Portuguese coach, Conceicaio, had led the Indomitable Lions to a third place finish at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in front of their own fans, losing to eventual runners-up Egypt on penalties in the semi-finals.
Cameroon face Algeria in the World Cup playoffs next month for a place in Qatar and Narcisse Kombi had earlier indicated in an interview with Cameroonian broadcaster CRTV that Conceicaio would remain in charge for those matches.
“Every time we have won a trophy, it has been with a foreign coach. What is more important now is the [World Cup] playoffs in March,” he said.
“The priority is not to destabilise the team by decapitating it. We are in a phase of rebuilding. When we look at the record under the Conceicao era, we have two defeats out of 23 matches, and 14 matches without conceding a goal.”
His comments put him on the warpath with the President of Cameroon’s Football Association (FECAFOOT) Samuel Eto’o who insisted that any decision over the coaching job would be taken by the Association.
However, it appears the Sports Ministry has decided to change its mind about Conceicao and replaced him.
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