Saturday Sep 21, 2019. 11:30
Cameroon have shocked by naming the journeyman named Portuguese coach Toni Conceicao to take over from Clarence Seedorf as their new coach, with World Cup hero Francois Omam Biyik to serve as his deputy, the country’s sports ministry said.
A brief statement detailed only the appointment without offering any clarity over the the contract terms to be offered to the 57-year-old coach, who has had 16 different coaching posts in the last 15 years.
He replaces Seedorf, who was dismissed after Cameroon lost in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in July, and will take charge of his first match against Tunisia on Oct. 12 in a friendly at the Rades Stadium.
It is the first national team job for Toni Conceicao, who lasted worked at CFR Cluj in Romania. He left them in February, after which they went onto win the league title in Romania.
He has coached at nine different Portuguese clubs and also had briefs spells at clubs in Cyprus and Saudi Arabia.
Omam Biyik scored the goal that saw Cameroon beat holders Argentina in the opening game of the 1990 World Cup in Italy and go onto an unprecedented quarter-final place. He also played at the 1994 and 1998 finals.
Omam Biyik, now 53, has coached clubs in Gabon, Mexico and Togo.
He returns to the national team coaching staff where he was previously assistant coach to Javier Clement from 2010-11.