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Conceicao, Broos linked with a return to the Indomitable Lions’ den

by Lesley Ngwa
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  • Antonio Conceicao and Hugo Broos are on the shortlist of coaches to replace Rigobert Song
  • Song was not retained as coach of Cameroon after a disappointing AFCON campaign in Côte D’Ivoire that saw the Indomitable Lions bow out to Nigeria in the eighth final
  • Former AFCON medalists Hugo Henri Broos and Antonio Conceicao have been heavily-linked with a return to the Indomitable Lions den as coaches as the search for Rigobert Song’s replacement intensifies.

Song was notified of a non-renewal of his contract last week via a letter signed by Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi in his capacity as Cameroon’s minister of Sports and Physical education.

Now, Jeune Afrique is reporting that the government committee put in place by president Paul Biya has added Hugo Broos and Antonio Conceicao as serious contenders for the vacant position.

kick442.com has spoken to Antonio Conceicao’s entourage and they confirmed interest from a number of African nations while not ruling a return to the Cameroon job while Broos told our team on Tuesday that he was contemplating quitting the Bafana Bafana job.

Coach Broos previously managed Cameroon between February 2016 to August 2018 before making way for Clarence Seedorf. The Belgian enjoyed a remarkable stint as coach of Cameroon, rebuilding a team that shocked the continent by winning the 2017 AFCON in Gabon and also led them to the 2017 FIFA Confederation Cup, though failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Conceicao on his part arrived in August 2019 and guided Cameroon through a run of over a year without defeat between 2020-2021. He helped the country to a bronze medal from the 2021 AFCON on home soil and the playoffs of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers before being replaced by Rigobert Song at the end of February 2022.

The return of either Song or Conceicao or appointment of another candidate will largely depend on the government of Cameroon as announced by president Samuel Eto’o Fils of the Cameroon football federation (FECAFOOT).

The committee in charge is expected to name a new technical staff from the shortlist before the end of this month.

The Indomitable Lions will return to competitive action in June with two crucial FIFA World Cup qualifiers games against Cape Verde Island and Angola.

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