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Cameroon: Rigobert Song's Coaching Effectiveness Questioned After Libya Draw

Cameroon: Rigobert Song's Coaching Effectiveness Questioned After Libya Draw

Paru le jeudi, 23 novembre 2023 03:36

Cameroon ended its match against Libya yesterday with a 1-1 draw. The Indomitable Lions fans blame this result on coach Rigobert Song (photo)’s choices.  "I'm genuinely uncertain about where he is leading the team, after 18 matches and nearly two years coaching the Indomitable Lions. His tactical decisions, such as placing Clinton Njie in a central role, seem remarkably perplexing," wrote Cameroonian sports analyst Ivan Kamwa on his Facebook page after the match in Benghazi.

Like Kamwa, many Cameroonians wonder why Rigobert Song failed to field players who performed well in the previous match in Douala against Mauritius –the match was won by the Indomitable Lions (3-0). One notable example they are focusing on is the striker Bryan Mbeumo who was benched in Benghazi despite being in his peak condition. 

"A coach who, after almost 20 matches, continues to say that he is still learning, is simply not cut out for the job," concludes Ivan Kamwa sententiously.

Several local analysts have expressed concerns about the frequent tactical changes made by Cameroon's coach, Rigobert Song. While acknowledging the risks involved, journalist and analyst Martin Camus Mimb still maintains trust in Song's decisions. He explains that the Indomitable Lions played well against Libya. This shows that despite the concerns, Song appears to retain the support of both public opinion and the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) President, Samuel Eto'o Fils. Cameroon currently stands with 4 points out of a possible 6 after their matches against Mauritius and Libya in the qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.

Michel Ange Nga

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