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EXCLUSIVE: Anicet Mbarga Foe speaks about his return to Eding

by Lesley Ngwa
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Andre Anicet Mbarga Foe has been confirmed as Eding Sport de la Lekie coach, returning for a second stint in charge at the club.

Mbarga, 50, replaces former Indomitable Lions of Cameroon player Bonaventure Djonkep after leaving Colombe of Dja, and has signed a two-year contract.

The experienced trainer won the MTN Elite One title during his first spell, which ended in January 2018.

The former Union Sportive of Douala and Bamboutos FC coach told kick442.com: “I promise exactly the same things I promised in 2016, but return as a more mature trainer.

He added: “In football, in my career I’ve had great moments, when I won the title here is one of those, Eding is more than important for me.

“It was very, very hard to play against Eding after I left here but I am back at home. It’s a changed house. There’s a new sponsor – Neptune Oil and many other partners from Europe.”

“To the fans of the club, victory is all we (Technical staff, players, administration, supporters) are here for, we will achieve that together.

Mbarga has been officially unveiled, he will bring part of the backroom staff but still work with Djonkep Bonaventure who has been made Technical Director at the club.

He is expected to start work immediately as co-coach with Bonaventure Djonkep in the Cup of Cameroon, to help him know the players and decide those to continue with the club next season. He will take over as head coach at the end of the Cup of Cameroon.

The former Astres and New Stars manager remains a hugely popular figure at the club, and his return hints on their new objective.

Mbarga first joined Eding in 2016, weeks after guiding New Stars to a first qualification for the preliminary rounds of the CAF Confederation Cup.

He registered their best returns ever in the top-flight championship and won the league with the club just a year after their promotion.

Unfortunately, his relationship with owner Saint Fabien Mvogo grew increasingly troubled and he quit despite having two years left on his contract.

While away, he helped Bamboutos FC to CAF interclub competitions qualification but the club suffered an administrative relegation. He stayed around and secured their promotion to Elite 2 the Elite 2 championship with Astres in 2020 and reached the final of the Cup of Cameroon in 2021 and the title play-offs with the same club in 2022, but left to join Colombe of Dja later that summer – replacing Guy Djiepnang, who later took over at Fovu of Baham.

His team struggled during his time at Colombe, causing him to leave at the end of the season.

Mbarga returns to a squad which contains some experienced men good enough to make things happen.

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