Cameroonian sports lovers on social media were taken aback by rumors that former Indomitable Lions captain Rigobert Song Bahanag was going to be appointed Head Coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.
A report later deleted by French-based magazine “Jeune Afrique” had announced that the decision had already been taken by the President of the Cameroon Football Federation, Samuel Eto’o Fils.
A later report from the same organ revealed that the option is very much on the mind of FECAFOOT President Samuel Eto’o Fils.
The speculations around the coaching job for the Indomitable Lions come barely 2 days after the FECAFOOT executive committee had issued a 72 hours ultimatum for Samuel Eto’o Fils to decide the fate of the incumbent coach Antonio Conceiçao.
Amidst these developments, Cameroonians have expressed diverse reactions on social media to this eventuality.
Some social media users believe it is best to have a local head coach for once, while others nevertheless think it will be a monumental error to change coaches at a time when the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon needed more focus.
“…Fatal error roaming. Just imagine us going back to start from scratch after climbing this high.” A football fan opined on Twitter.
“… How can we achieve anything if we change coaches after every competition? Song should also not be an option.” Another one added his voice in criticism of the decision.
There however are some who think it is premature to judge the appointment without offering the opportunity to showcase what he can offer.
“I think everyone has to be allowed to showcase himself. When Eto’o was running for FECAFOOT President, many didn’t believe in his capability to manage the Federation but today, we are celebrating his efforts. If it’s true, then it will be a good decision. We can still do well with Song as a coach,” a Facebook user shared.
Another Facebook user simply added, “competent or not, it’s time we start making use of our own. We will grow.”
The former Indomitable Lions Captain Rigobert Song Bahanag has had a modest coaching career since he retired from Football.
Song obtained a coaching diploma from Claire Fontaine, France in 2012. He was named Indomitable Lions Team Manager that same year, where he got more infield experience.
Cameroon’s dismal performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil however cost him his job, alongside the entire managerial team.
In 2016, Song was placed in charge of the Home-based national team, replacing Martine Ndtoungou Mpile who had crashed out at the quarter-finals of the Africa Nations Championship, CHAN2016.
In 2018, Song led the home-based selection to CHAN2018 but was unable to take them past the group stage. His team could only manage 1 point in three games. He eventually lost his job after the tournament.