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Henri Depireux: Former Lions Coach Dies At 78

By Brian Mboh

Henri Depireux of Belgian descent, former Indomitable lions’ head coach passed away on Friday in his homeland, following a long protracted illness.

The latter had managed the Cameroonian senior national football team from 1996 to 1998.

Depireux began his career at FC Liège in 1963 , where he won three titles respectively in 1969,1970,1971 and later on join Racing White RWDM. And ended his career in 1980 after playing for Bas-Oh and FC Tilleur.

He had featured twice for the Belgian national team in 1969 against Mexico in a friendly and in 1971 against Scotland in qualifying for the Euro.

After his rich experience as a player, Henri joined the coaching career.

The Belgian tactician had qualified Cameroon for the 1998 World Cup in France and the African Nations Cup hosted by Burkina Faso in 1998.

Depireux joined Moroccan side FAR (Forces Armées Royale) of Rabat and later on moved to the Union of Arab Emirates where he signed for Sharjah FC.While at FAR of Rabat, he was winner of the 1998 King’s Cup and a semi-finalist of the African Nations Cup.

In 2000, he became deputy to Jean Thissen at Standard Liege, earning ten successive victories. He managed the Belgian division two club RFL Liege in 2002 and became head trainer for another division two side CS Visetois in 2003.From 2006-2007 , Henri managed the Democratic Republic of Congo, in his last coaching outing.