Imagine: Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz arranges the dismissal of coach Hansi Flick after a failed home European home EM Germany in 2024.
This scenario has now played the same in Cameroon: The Africa Cup 2022 hosted Cameroon with coach CONCEICICAO contrary to the title hope in the semifinals. This prompted President Biya, whose core competence and actually lies in politics instead of sports, to dismiss Conceicao. “According to very high instructions from the President of the Republic, the Men’s Football National Trainer, Antonio Conceicao, is replaced by Rigobert Song,” Sports Minister Narcisse Mouelle Combi announced in a message.
Biya has been in office since 1982. After him, the stadium is named, in the opening match and final of the Africa Cup 2022 in Cameroon.
Samuel Eto’o, President of the Cameroon Soccer Association, had previously criticized the ex-coach, as well as Bayern-players Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, who even proclaimed his resignation because Conceicao rarely sat on him.
First challenge: World Cup quality play-offs against Algeria
Song will probably lead to games for the first time as head coach of an a national team. In 2015 and 2018 he had this position for a month for each month, but without accompanying a game. Most recently, he was responsible for the U 23 Cameroon since October 2018.
On song, the qualification duels with Algeria (on 25 and 29 March) are waiting for a ticket to the World Cup in Qatar 2022. As a player, the 45-year-old with Cameroon won twice the Africa Cup (2000 and 2002) and played In the association among others for Liverpool, West Ham, the 1st FC Cologne and Galatasaray.