Former indomitable Lions Striker Patrick Dem Mboma has applied to return to the Cameroon National Football Team as Head Coach. The former striker made the announcement in an interview on “Talents d’Afrique.”
According to Patrick Mboma, he is qualified and ready to revive the National male squad that is gradually losing popularity and pride.
Recall that the Cameroon National Football Team has gone for close to two months without a Head Coach. The last coach at the helm of the team, Clarence Seedorf, was sacked on the 16th of July this year for poor performance. The Sports Minister clearly said “he was not fit for the job.” Since then, the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) and the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education have remained silent on the possibility of hiring a new manager for the team.
If Patrick Mboma is recruited to coach the national team, he would be returning to a den that he has mastered so well; only that he would be returning there as Head Coach and not as a player.
Before retiring from international football in 2004, the former striker played for Cameroon for nine years, scoring 33 goals in 57 matches. He also recorded enormous achievements which are still very fresh in the minds of many Cameroonians and Africans in general.
Some of these achievements include: leading Cameroon to the country’s first ever gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and helping Cameroon lift two trophies at the 2000 and 2002 African Nations Cups (AFCON).
His outstanding performance at the 2000 AFCON earned him Best African player in the same year. Many remember him for a memorable overhead kick he scored against France in 1998 and the long distance goals he scored with his incredible left foot in several matches.
Patrick Mboma did well and made Cameroon proud as a footballer but can he give Cameroon that same pride as a coach? Well, we can only wait and see, if at all he is given the opportunity to do so.