After a long wait, the indomitable lions of Cameroon finally have a new coach. He is Portuguese-born Antonio Conceição da Silva Oliveira. His appointment came in a release signed this Friday September 20th by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education Prof. Narcisse Moulle Kombi.
According to the Sports Minister, the appointment is the accomplishment of a rigorous process.
The 57-year-old Antonio Conceição replaces Clarence Seedorf who was sacked in July after a poor African cup of nations (AFCON) outing in Egypt where the 2017 Champions were knocked out at the 16th round. The new coach will be assisted by Francois Oman Biyik and Jacques Songo’o as goalkeepers’ trainer.
The release also carries the appointment of Clement Arroga as the head coach of the intermediate lions while Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso will be his assistant.
Antonio Conceição has a 20-year career. He has managed first division teams in Portugal including SC Braga, Victoria Setubal, Monreirense, etc. His last job was at CRF Cluj in Romania where he got fired in February this year after failing to win any of his last three matches.
With this appointment, it is now clear that the dreams of Patrick Mboma coaching the Indomitable Lions have been completely dashed, at least for the next few years. Remember, Patrick Mboma announced earlier this week that he had already applied for the tough job, adding that he is very qualified and ready.
To some football lovers in Cameroon, it is rather sad that we prefer whites to our own even if they are qualified and fit, as this Facebook user puts it ‘’Why do we truly value foreigners more than our own country men? Patrick Mboma could have done better.”
To others, what the National team needs is not just a new Coach but a revamp of the entire system. “The Cameroonian National team has suffered from managerial crisis. To me, Seedorf and the entire team were to be dismissed including the Minister of Sports. Getting a new coach to me won’t change anything with the old team still in place.” Another Facebook user adds.
It is hoped that the new Coach will revive the national squad and the Sports Ministry won’t embark on another Coach hunting mission in a couple of months.