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Hugo Broos named as Cameroon head coach
The Belgian manager signed a two-year deal with the Cameroon Football Federation and was announced during a press conference in Yaounde on Thursday.
Broos is tasked with qualifying for the 2017 African Cup of Nations and also for the 2018 World Cup. His first test as manager will be against South Africa in the AFCON qualifier on 26 March.
He’ll replace Alexandre Belinga who was appointed on interim basis after the Cameroon Football Federation decided not to renew Volker Finke’s contract last October.
The 63-year-old has never been in charge of a national team and faces a tough job ahead as he takes on a new challenge of managing the four-time AFCON winners.
Broos has been selected as Manager of the year four times in Belgium while he managed Club Brugge, Anderlecht and KRC Genk. The Belgian was also in charge of Trabzonspor, Panserraikos, JS Kabylie, Zulte Waregem and most recently Hussein Dey.
In other news, Cameroon legend and ex-captain Rigobert Song has been announced as manager of the locally based Cameroon team.
He is set to replace Martin Ndtoungou Mpile who led the team to the quarter finals of the CHAN last February, which the Democratic Republic of Congo won.
The ex-Liverpool, West Ham and Galatasaray defender is the most experienced Cameroonian player with 137 appearances with the national team together with appearing in four World Cups in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.
The 39-year-old Song was most recently announced as Chad manager, which didn’t last for long, and now he’s expected to prepare for CHAN 2018 held in Kenya.