Alex Song: Former Arsenal Midfielder Suggests Two Players for New Cameroon Coach Marc Brys

Alex Song: Former Arsenal Midfielder Suggests Two Players for New Cameroon Coach Marc Brys

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 22, 2024 at 5:53 PM
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  • Alexandre Song has suggested two players to new Cameroon coach, Marc Brys
  • The Belgium trainer has begun his tenure as the coach of the Indomitable Lions
  • Brys will debut as a coach in the World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde in June

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Former Arsenal midfielder, Alexandre Song, has advised new Cameroon coach, Marc Brys, on how to be successful as the new manager of the Indomitable Lions.

The Belgian trainer was confirmed as coach of the five-time African champions earlier this month, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal with the West African nation.

However, Brys' appointment has stoked some controversy, with the Cameroonian Football Federation reportedly yet to accept the Ministry's choice on the manager.

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Alex Song, who has given Cameroon's new manager advice, shares a moment with Brazil's Neymar at the 2014 World Cup. Photo: Jeff Mitchell.
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Meanwhile, the 61-year-old has started preparations ahead of June's FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde and Angola.

Song, who made 40 senior appearances for Cameroon, has suggested two players that can help Brys succeed as the manager.

"I think in Cameroon's midfielder, [Carlos Baleba], is the future. He is a promising young man who has enormous talent. Cameroon to the Cameroon national team is a plus," he told CRTV, as quoted by Allez Les Lions.
"It is not for everyone to play in the Premier League He is playing a high-level championship. He has the talent. Pair him with Zambo [Frank Anguissa] and Jean Onana [and] we have a complete midfielder."

Song believes Cameroon should also knock on France's doors for Cameroon-eligible forward, Hugo Ekitike, with Vincent Aboubakar in the twilight of his career.

"Vincent Aboubakar is the last centre-forward we have had in Cameroon. He has given so much. He is at the end. Ekitike is young, we should give him the chance. The national team is not a club. He comes to the national team, and he can learn from Aboubakar. I am not worried about him. It will do us a lot of good," said Song.

Ekitike joined Eintracht Frankfurt in February on loan from French giants, Paris Saint-Germain, per Transfermarkt.

Andre Onana welcomes Marc Brys

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Manchester United goalkeeper, Andre Onana welcomed new Cameroon coach, Brys, calling for unity between the Sports Ministry and FECAFOOT.

The Belgian tactician was confirmed as coach of the Indomitable Lions last week but the Cameroonian Football Federation, led by Samuel Eto'o, are yet to accept his appointment.

This has left Cameroonian football in disarray, with the national team set to return to action in June for the World Cup qualifiers despite the head coach position remaining up in the air.

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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.