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The former star defender of the Indomitable Lions Rigobert Song was appointed on Monday February 28 as the new coach of the Cameroon football team. He succeeds the Portuguese Toni Conceiçao. At the last CAN, Cameroon took third place, after being eliminated by Egypt on penalties in the semi-finals.
Rigobert Song, former defender of the Cameroonian selection, victim of a stroke in 2016, cut his teeth as a technician on the bench of the Cameroonian selection A’, which he led at the 2018 African Nations Championship. Morocco, the Cameroonians finished in last place in the group, with two defeats and a draw.
A breath of fresh air for Samuel Eto’o
« I am always in the spirit of a competitor. I am no longer in the field, but I have the same state of mind. Before, I shared my life with my teammates. Today, I pass on my experience to the players. I am proud to be back and to continue my activities thanks to the support of my federation and the Cameroonian people. I have to give back what they gave me », he said to RFI before starting the CHAN. » The upcoming deadlines for our national team require new directions and a new lease of life FECAFOOT President Samuel Eto’o said in a statement.
Coach, Rigobert Song did it a bit by chance. After his playing career, Joël Muller, president of the union of football coaches in France from 2001 to 2016, encouraged him to become a coach and Song returned to school in Clairefontaine. He finds among others Zinédine Zidane and Claude Makelele. Song then led the Cameroonian Espoirs selection.
Aliou Cissé as a model
From now on, Rigobert Song’s first mission will be to try to obtain a qualifying ticket for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar against Algeria at the end of March. The Indomitable Lions participated in 7 final stages of a world and had a quarter-final in 1990 by becoming the first African team to reach this stage of the competition.
Now 45, Rigobert Song wore the Indomitable Lions jersey 137 times (4 goals) between 1993 and 2010, playing in four World Cups (1994, 1998, 2002, 2010) and the African Cup of Nations eight times, with two crowns in 2000 and 2002. He played his first World Cup at 17 alongside the illustrious Roger Milla.
Rigobert Song, whose role model is Aliou Cissé, the coach of Senegal, made a name for himself in Europe by wearing the colors of Metz in the French championship (1994-1998) before a stint in Italy, at La Salernitana, then in England ( Liverpool, West Ham), in Germany (Cologne) and in France again, in Lens. He then moved to Turkey, under the jerseys of Galatasaray then Trabzonspor, where he ended his playing career in 2010.