Cameroon’s sport authorities have appointed Javier Clemente as the head coach of the country’s national football team with former internationals Francois Omam Biyick and Jacques Songo’o as his assistants, State radio (CRTV) said on Tuesday 17 August 2010.
He replaces Paul Le Guen who resigned in June following a dismal World Cup campaign in South Africa.
Clemente, a former spain coach (1992-1998) and twice winner of the Spanish league, is expected in Cameroon on 28 August to sign his contract, according to a release by the country’s ministry of sport.
CAPTAINS AS DEPUTIES
Omam Biyick, a former captain of the Indomitable Lions is joining the Lions’ coaching staff for the first time. He is fondly remembered for scoring Cameroon’s goal against Argentina in the opening game of the 1990 World Cup.
His former Canon of Yaounde team-mate, Songo’o (also a former national team captain) was until Clemente’s appointment the interim manager. Songo’o was Le Guen’s deputy in-charge of goalkeeping and had held the same role under Portuguese born Arthur Jorge between February 2005 and February 2006.
“The new staff is taking over at a time when a detailed review of the organisation of football in general, and the national teams in particular, is near completion,” the statement said.
There will be new internal rules for the national teams, Manga Zambo, the head of judicial affairs in Cameroon’s Ministry of Sport and Physical Education told CRTV.
“The main innovation will be a real disciplinary code…as a huge part of this document is about mutual respect, patriotism…and clearly stipulates what is banned from the national team,” Zambo said.
Local media and some football officials blamed lack of discipline, in-fighting and absence of commitment for Cameroon’s lacklustre performances at the World Cup.
These new document will also the various types of punishments – ranging from a simple reprimand, through suspension to outright eviction from the national team, Zambo added.