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Rigobert Song Replaces Conceicao As Indomitable Lions’ Coach

By Etienne Mainimo

Rigobert Song Bahanag, former Cameroon center back and former professional football player has been appointed head coach of the Cameroon national team, the Indomitable Lions.

According to a communique signed by the Minister of Sport and Physical Education, Prof. Narcisse Mouelle Kombi on February 28, the entire technical staff under the leadership of Coach Conceicao has been replaced.

Before his appointment, Song Bahanag was the coach of the Cameroon U-23 National Team.

Sebastien Migne, coach of French Football League will assist Song Bahanag.

Raymond Kalla was also appointed as the team manager while Augustine Simo is the assistant coach.

Souleymanou is the goalkeeper coach while Raphael Fevre and David Baltaze will serve as a physical trainer and video analyst.

Songs appointment ends the 29 months service at the end of the Indomitable Lions. His appointment is coming days after the Minister of Sports during a program over the State broadcaster, CRTV said, there was no need to replace the coach. His outing this day according to sports pundits is a sign of confusion.

The emblematic former captain of the lions, Song Bahanag played at a record eight Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and served as a captain in five of them. Song holds the record of most consecutive games played in the tournament with 35 first-team games.

With 137 appearances, Song also holds the record of the most capped player in the history of the Cameroon national team and has played in four World Cups.

Aside from Zinedine Zidane, Song is the only player to have been sent off in two different World Cups, once against Brazil in 1994 and against Chile in 1998. He also holds the record as the youngest player ever to be sent off in a World Cup, aged 17.

The appointment comes barely a month to the last and final round qualifier for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Many think the game against Algeria will be a litmus test for Rigobert Song.

Cameroon Coach Antonio Conceicao

AFCON 2021: “Against Gambia, The Objective Is To Win” – Cameroon Coach

By Etienne Mainimo

Cameroon coach, Antonio Conceiçao has made it clear that when the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon meet the Gambia in the quarter-final match scheduled for Saturday, January 29 in Douala, the only objective will be to harvest victory.

Speaking at a pre-match press conference, Conceiçao even though the Gambians will put the Cameroon team in great difficulties like they did with their previous opponents, they will work towards victory which is guaranteed.

“We’ll do everything to win this game. We know that the Gambians will put us in great difficulties like they did with their previous opponents. They are a quality team as they work as a block. I know they will play low and do counter attacks,” Conceiçao said.

“…Against Gambia, the objective is to win. We are a playful team that likes to take the game on its own. Against us. there will be a team that defends well and has 5-6 high-quality attacking players. Everything is possible even if we only consider victory,” he added.

Jean Charles Castelleto Cameroon’s defender who attended the presser maintained, “…We have had a good run so far and against Gambia, the objective remains victory. We will play against a good team.”