Belgian Marc Brys Appointed as Cameroon Coach, Replaces Rigobert Song at Indomitable Lions

Belgian Marc Brys Appointed as Cameroon Coach, Replaces Rigobert Song at Indomitable Lions

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 3, 2024 at 6:35 AM
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  • Marc Brys has been named as Cameroon's new coach
  • He will replace Rigobert Song, who exited in February
  • Cameroon return to action in June against Cape Verde

Cameroon have appointed Belgian trainer, Marc Brys, as the country's new head coach following the departure of Rigobert Song last month.

Song's contract was not extended after the Indomitable Lions exited the Africa Cup of Nations in the Round of 16, having managed only one win.

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Marc Brys has been appointed as Cameroon's new national coach, replacing Rigobert Song at the helm of the Indomitable Lions. Credit: @OHLeuven.
Source: Twitter

It is believed Brys will immediately take over as coach and will lead the team in his first games during the return of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in June.

According to Reuters, the 61-year-old will be assisted by Joachim Mununga and Giannis Xilouris, with new medical and administrative teams set to be formed.

Brys has spent most of his career coaching teams in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia. His last job was in his homeland with Oud Hervelee Leuven, where he was manager from 2020 to 2023.

Cameroon will be hoping he can help them recover from their AFCON 2023 disappointment when they resume their World Cup qualifiers in June with games against Cape Verde and Angola, per Sofascore.

The Indomitable Lions last won the Africa Cup of Nations title in 2017 when they defeated Egypt in the final but have seen something of a decline in recent competitions.

Mourinho linked with Cameroon job

Earlier, Sports Brief also reported that former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager, Jose Mourinho was linked with Cameroon's coaching job.

The Indomitable Lions were without a coach since the departure of Rigobert Song following their Round of 16 exit at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Several names, including former Nigeria coach, Jose Peseiro, who is a close friend of Mourinho, were also named as potential replacements.

Ondoa discloses how AFCON 'ruined' Barca career

Sports Brief also reported that Cameroon goalkeeper, Fabrice Ondoa disclosed how choosing the AFCON affected his dreams of breaking into the Barcelona team.

The 28-year-old appeared to be on the brink of achieving his lifelong goal of playing for the Catalan giants after signing a professional contract with the club in 2015.

However, Ondoa said that his decision to honour an invite from the national team for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament all but ruined any chances he had.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.