This follows the appointment of a new duo, Javier Clemente and Omam Biyick to manage the affairs of the squad. With the appointment of Javier Clemente as new coach, a new page has been opened in the history of the national football team, Indomitable Lions. The appointment puts an end to the Paul Le Guen era and marks the beginning of the Javier Clemente era. Clemente’s appointment equally puts an end to the suspense as to who will take over the destiny of the Lions after Frenchman Paul Le Guen threw in the towel after Cameroon lost all group matches in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and enables Cameroonians to stop looking back in anger to focus on future challenges such as the qualifiers for the 2012 Africa Cup of nations beginning next month.
Javier Clemente however, has the arduous task to restore confidence in a squad that is plagued with problems of discipline. Clemente’s task is some how complicated in that he won’t be going in solely for talent but also for good conduct and will therefore have to sieve out the good grain from the bad ones considered to be responsible for the Lions disgraceful performance in South Africa.
With Cameroon considered as a hub of football talents on the continent, players will not be lacking to respond to Clemente’s requirements as demonstrated in the friendly against Poland where eight of the players who took part in the South African expedition were left out. More so, he will be assisted by ace striker turned coach, Omam Biyick, who has a good knowledge about Cameroonian players and what has been transpiring at the national team. His two-year renewable contract, seem however short to set up a solid team that will be able to defend the national colours in Brazil 2014 with honour as Cameroonians are no longer contented with winning the African Cup of Nations but going beyond the quarter final stage at the World Cup or why not win it.
Javier Clemente seems to be the right man in the right place. He is known for his no nonsense attitude and has the pedigree for the job. Clemente, whose playing career was cut short by injury in 1971, started coaching four years later and has been in charge of clubs such as Athletic Bilbao (three times), Espanyol (twice), Marseille, Real Sociedad and Real Betis. He coached Spain between 1992-98, going to two World Cups and Euro 96, but lasted less than two years with Serbia. His first task with the Indomitable Lions will be to help Cameroon qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Four-time champions Cameroon’s first game is next month away to Mauritius, with Senegal and Congo Democratic Republic also in Group E.
Fred VUBEM TOH, Cameroon Tribune