By Basil Afoni
Hugo Broos, 63-year-old Belgian tactician, has been appointed as the Indomitable Lions’ new Head Coach to replace Volker Finke, whose contract was not renewed last October.
To support Broos in his task are Alexandre Belinga and 36-year-old Belgian, Sven Vanden Broeck.
The former international defender, Broos, had a successful spell in his coaching career in his home country, leading Club Brugge to two Belgian titles in 1992 and 1996, before also winning the first division while in charge of Anderlecht in 2004.
The appointment of Broos to head the Indomitable Lions comes as surprise. This is because he was not on FECAFOOT’s shortlist of five, which included three Frenchmen, a Serbian and a Cameroonian.
Some high profile coaches have been linked with the Lions job, but it seems the salary demanded by them most has scared FECAFOOT. Recently, the President of the Cameroon Football Federation, Tombi A Roko in a press conference, complained of the high salary demand by coaches who were interested in the job.
Tongues are already wagging about the appointment of the Belgian tactician who has had just a five-month stay at Algerian outfit, NA Hussein Dey. According to some Cameroonians, this is a high risk taken by FECAFOOT.
The Indomitable Lions are currently lying top of their Group M of the 2017 AFCON qualifiers on six points, following back-to-back wins over Mauritania and Gambia. The Lions will face South Africa in a double header in March.
Also, they are in quest of their 8th World Cup finals appearance after getting past Niger 3-0 on aggregate in the second round of Africa’s qualifying campaign for Russia 2018.
In his coaching career that started in 1988 with R.W.D Molenbeek, Broos has managed a total of 10 teams. During this career span, Bross won the Manager of the Year award four times in his country, while in charge of Club Brugge, Anderlecht and KRC Genk, before having forgettable spells at the helm of Panserraikos, Trabzonspor, Zulte Waregem, Al Jazira Club, JS Kabylie and Hussein Dey.
He is the 34th coach of the Indomitable Lions. Also, he is the second Belgian to coach the Lions after Henri Depireux whose job with the Cameroon national team (1996-97) was also the first national team job in his career.