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Richard Towa becomes first former Indomitable Lion to coach in Elite One

by Lesley Ngwa
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  • Richard Towa has become the first former Indomitable Lion to be named head coach of an Elite One club this season following his appointment by the management of Colombe of Dja 
  • Coach Richard Towa had a two-year stint as a Colombe player before joining Unite de Douala, Panthere of Nde, Fortuna Köln and Fortuna Düsseldorfer later on
  • The Colombe job is his 12th in a 20-year managerial career that started in Germany in 2002
  • He has been appointed co coach of the club for the rest of the season

Former Indomitable Lions of Cameroon defender, Richard Towa has been appointed coach of MTN Elite One championship side Colombe of Dja and Lobo.

The 54-year-old was appointed replacement of Djidjiwa Jean Marie in a decision signed by the board chair Doko Edjiane Alain Mathieu in reaction to the below par performance of the first round of the season.

It is some sort of homecoming for the former Fortuna Düsseldorf youth team coach as he played for Colombe between 1986 to 1988 before switching to Panthere of Nde among others.

Richard Towa and Emmanuel Maboang Kessack playing for Colombe of Dja in the top-flight championship in 1988

This move means Towa returns to management for the first time since his departure from Indian Premier League side, Gokulam Kerala in December last year and will partner with Ndongo Emma as co-coach of the South Region outfit.

Towa, who won 13 caps for Cameroon also returns to the MTN Elite One championship for the first time since he worked with Union Sportive of Douala during the 2021/22 season.

Seventh-placed Colombe with ten points from their opening nine games this season are hoping a combination of the former Dragon of Yaounde trainer and coach Ndongo will provide the desired ingredients for a better second-half of the season.

As it stands, coach Towa is the only former Cameroon international to be head coach of a top-flight club in the country.

Colombe have struggled to have an impressive run in the big since they secured a return six years ago and will be a reference if the former Astres of Douala gaffer finds his magic touch of his good old days at Astres of Douala.

The South Region outfit will face Canon Yaoundé in their first outing of the second round of the season on Wednesday, December 5, the first opportunity for coach Towa with a 21 years experience in management to begin turning things around.

Besides Towa, the likes of Thomas Libih, Michel Kaham, Ebwelle Bertin, Mathurin Kameni, Emmanuel Mve played for the national team and were lead trainers trainers of different Cameroonian clubs upon retirement.

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