Sports minister to appoint new coach soon

Antione kombouare

Antione kombouare

The list of those to likely succeed Jean Paul Akono as national team coach has been narrow down to three following the return of the team sent to Europe to audition those who applied for the job.

 The members of the commission filed a short list of three persons, in order of merit. According to our sources, Antoine Kombouare a French national ranks first, followed by Volker Finke of German nationality and Raymond Domenech former French national team coach.

Sports and Physical Education Minister Adoum Garoua is expected to make the final decision in the days ahead as to who finally gets the job.

The former PSG coach, Antoine Kombouare who has no international experience is said to be very motivated to make a name for himself in the international scene and has opted to take up permanent residence in Cameroon and beyond all these, Kombouare is the only Blackman in the shortlist.

Second on the list is the German Vloker Finke who is preferred by the Lions sponsor Puma to land the job. The German has the job profile and a rich coaching experience in his native Germany and Japan. Has no international experience to his name.

Volker Finke

Volker Finke

The French man Raymond Domenech is the only one with an international experience amongs the three shortlisted  but would be must remembered for France’s poor outing in the 2010 world cup in south Africa where his team exited in the first round with very poor results on and off the field. Sources in Yaoundé say his has chosen not to live full time in Cameroon, a point that could act heavily against him.

Raymond Domenech

Raymond Domenech

The other problem the minister would be faced with is who to assist any of these coaches if chosen, Bonaventure Djonkep, current coach of Union Douala and current champions of Cameroon is highly favoured, others also include Pierre Njilli Ndengue the coach Unisport of Bafang and Etienne Sockeng assistant national director of sports.

By Abongwa Fozo

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