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Antonio Conceicao: Cameroon head coach opens up on objectives after two-year contract extension

·      The Portuguese gaffer will lead Cameroon to next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals and 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar if the Lions qualify.  

By Beng Emmanuel

Cameroon’s head coach Antonio Conceicao says he is keen on guiding Cameroon to their sixth continental crown during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and qualify the nation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar during his next two years in charge of the team.

The 57-year-old trainer who became the second Portuguese national to take charge of Cameroon after Artur Jorge (2004-2006) extended his contract at the helm of the national team by two more years on Friday, June 27.

He has however stated that his immediate priority is seeing Cameroon qualify for next year’s World Cup finals after missing out in 2018, but has not ruled out the idea of claiming the continent’s prized trophy on home soil with the five time African champions.

“We know since our arrival what awaits us. We have been preparing. We have been preparing for two years now. We are working with intelligence, transparency, and honesty to give our best,” Conceicao said.

“It is true that winning the Africa Cup of Nations is important for the country, for all Cameroonians, but our objective is fixed towards the qualification for the World Cup. Our focus is on our next game against Malawi and Ivory Coast. We will work hard to do our best for the country,” he added.

Antonio Conceicao replaced Clarence Seedorf following the Dutchman’s dismissal in July 2019 after a dismal Africa Cup of Nation in Egypt. He has taken charge of ten (10) games winning five games, with 4 draws and a defeat to Cape Verde in March.

Cameroon won their fifth AFCON title in 2017

His first game after extending his contract comes up on September 3, against Malawi on match day one of the World Cup qualifiers at the Olembe Sport Complex. The Indomitable Lions face Ivory Coast three days later in Abidjan.

Before Cameroon, his first experience on African soil, Antonio Conceicao, he has previously been in charge of CFR Cluj where he won the Romanian Cup twice and the Super Cup. He has managed 16 different teams in the last 15 years in Saudi Arabia, Cyprus and Portugal.

Further details of his contract have not been disclosed.

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