Volker Finke; Cameroon’s new coach

Volker Finke

Volker Finke

The new man at the head of the Indomitable Lions is German born Volker Finke, a man with vast domestic experience in his native Germany but with no international experience. It’s the first time he is coaching a national team and it’s his first time to pick up a coaching job in Africa.

Volker Finke was born on March 24, 1948 in Nienburgm Lower saxony Germany. He started his footballing career as a player with TSV Havalse until 1969. After that he moved to Hannoverscher SC, where he hung up his boots in 1975.

As a coach he managed SC Freiburg from July 1991 to May 2007. This made him the longest-serving manager in the history of professional football in Germany. Until 1990, Finke worked as a sports and social studies teacher at the Albert Schweitzer School in his hometown of Nienburg.

Volker Finke started his career as a coach in 1975 at TSV Stelingen where he led the club to five promotions, after which he returned to TSV Havelse, where he stayed until 1990. He led the club up the German second division, which was the best position in the club's history. After one season in SC Norderstedt, nearHamburg, he finally changed to SC Freiburg in 1991. There he made them rise from the second German league to the first German league in 1993, 1998 and 2003, as well as the qualification for the UEFA cup in 1995 and 2001.

He resigned as coach of SC Freiburg on May 20, 2007, after the club's second successive season of missing out on promotion back to the Bundesliga by one place.

He later signed a contract on December 6, 2008, with the Japanese club Urawa Rd Diamonds which lasted up to 2010.

On 18 December 2010 he was named as the new Director of Sport by FC Koln, his contract started on 1 February 2011. Effective on 27 April 2011 he additionally became interim coach till end of season. On 10 March 2012, Cologne parted company with their director of sport with him by mutual consent after 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin.

On 22 May 2013, he was named coach of the indomitable lions of Cameroon 

Volker Finke is highly regarded in his native land but is unknown in the international scene. He is the 13th foreigner and the 4th Germany to have coached the national team. The other Germans to have coached the lions include; Karl Heinze Weigang (1983–84), Winfried Schafer (2001–04) and Otto Pfister (2007–09)

The Germans have had a rather blissful stint with the lions.  Karl Heinze  won Cameroon’s first nation cup against Nigeria in Abidjan, while Winfried Schafer won 2002 cup of nations in Mali and also guided the lions to the runners up position in the 2002 confederation Cup in France while Otto Pfister would be remember most for the 2008 nations cup in Ghana where he bounced back from a 4-2 defeat to Egypt in the opening match to reach the final against the same Egypt where the lions lost by a goal to nil.

The sport minister is yet to appoint those to assist him on the lion’s bench.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              By Abongwa Fozo    


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