Newly appointed head coach of the Indomitable Lions, Rigobert Song Bahanag has expressed his gratitude and enthusiasm to commence with the five – times African Champions.
The former Liverpool player suffered a stroke in his home at Yaoundé in 2016 and was in a coma for two days. He was transferred to a hospital in France where he recovered fully.
Song, 45, replaces Portuguese Toni Conceicao, who led Indomitable Lions to third-placed finish at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.
“The Indomitable Lions jersey gave me everything. I am grateful. I am honored to have been chosen to guide the Indomitable Lions.
“Beyond the privilege and the joy that animate me, I measure the importance of responsibility entrusted to me.
“Thank you all for your messages of congratulations and encouragement.
“I will give my best, as I did as a player and captain of the team to deserve the trust given me by the Cameroon government, Fecafoot president Samuel Eto’o, and its executive committee.
A record holder with 137 appearance for the Indomitable Lions, Song captained the national side, and featured at four World Cups and eight African Cups of Nations (AFCON).
Song, who played in England, France, Italy, Germany and Turkey during his club career, had a brief stint as caretaker coach of the senior national team in early 2018 before he was appointed as the head coach of Cameroon’s U23 men’s team in October 2018, a position he held till his latest appointment.
Cameroon will face 2019 African champions Algeria in a two-legged play-off for a place at the World Cup in Qatar later this year on March 25 and 29.