By Basil Afoni
Former Indomitable Lions player, Joel Epalle in his first coaching spell with FC Val d’Europe, saw him enjoyed success after his team promoted into the regional division.

With two matches still to go, FC Val d’Europe are already champs  after beating their arch-rivals on Sunday during the 20th day of play 3-2 to secure their promotion.
Speaking to French daily newspaper, Le Parisien, the 36-year-old  coach, Epalle was so happy with his team’s success so far.
“This is a historic rise for this young club. I am very happy for the players and leaders. We have not released “, said Joel Epalle.
Epalle started his career with Union of  Douala  and  in 1998, he moved to Greece where he played football for several clubs including Ethnikos, Panachaiki, Aris, Panathinaikos and Iraklis in a time span of nine and a half years. Subsequently, in January 2007, he moved to Bundesliga outfit VfL Bochum where he played for three and a half years. After a brief stay at Azerbaijani club FK Baku.
He made a total of 31 caps for Cameroon and was a member of the Cameroon side that won the gold medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics football tournament and the 2002 African Cup of Nations.

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