Indomitable Lions: Will Seedorf, Kluivert Revive Cameroon Soccer

Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert were among their generation’s finest. The Dutchmen wreaked havoc on opposition defences. 

Those golden days are long gone but the duo have the chance to reignite their memories in Cameroon’s dugout.

The Federation of Cameroon Football (Fecafoot) took an unlikely path with its recent appointment. The Netherlands isn’t a favourite stop for the West African nation. 

Being a former French Colony, France was the hunting ground each time a new Lion King was required. The Indomitable Lions enjoyed tremendous success with their French mercenaries, ten in all.

Seedorf and Kluivert face a tough task in Yaounde. The immediate plan is to equip the reigning champions for the 2019 AFCON on home soil. Apparently, Seedorf's larger collection of winners medals has impressed FeCaFoot, who have named him head coach and Kluivert an associate. 
Will the Team Change Cameroon Foottball 

The 42-year-old has at least one year to get the Lions roaring again. Anything other than a sixth trophy would be termed failure.

Cameroonian football is in transition. There aren't too many big-name players at the moment. The famous golden generation who dominated the continent in the early 2000s have all left the pride. The few who remain active, most notably Samuel Eto'o, aren’t willing to represent their country.

Seedorf must establish another era with youngsters. Ostende and Ajax goalkeepers Fabrice Ondoa and Andre Onana are 22. Fulham new boy, André-Frank Anguissa is in the same age bracket. So is pacey forward Christian Bassogog. These players could form the spine of Seedorf's new-look Lions.

Communication is key and Seedorf is fluent in five different languages. Ironically, French isn’t one. He must learn quickly if he is to connect with his squad. Most expatriate tacticians prefer to work from abroad. Seedorf may need to buck that trend.

There's another common thread in Cameroon. Managers are too frequently sacked less than a year into their contracts. Only German Volker Finke crossed the 12-month mark among the last 10 appointments. 

Seedorf is accustomed to short stints as boss but if the Indomitable Lions are to be kings again, that trend must be broken.


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