By Angu Lesley
Cameroon have appointed 57-Year-old Portuguese born coach António Conceição da Silva Oliveira popularly known as Toni Conceição as the Indomitable Lions head trainer until the 2021 AFCON tournament in
The former Portuguese International right back replaces Clarence Seedorf who was sacked just after this year’s AFCON.
Toni was capped once for Portugal in an 11 years playing career across 3 clubs in his native land. He had two separate spells each on the books of Portuguese giants FC Porto and SC Braga.
The Portuguese retired from Professional Football and switched into coaching in 1999 as trainer of SC Braga’s feeder team.
He spent 3 years with the reserves of SC Braga before picking up his first senior team coaching job in 2003 after he was named interim coach of SC Braga’s first team.
That same year he switched to Naval Primero de Maio where he spent another year.
Remarkably, he has gone on to serve as coach for 12 other clubs amongst which include Portuguese sides Vitoria Setubal,Trofense, Belenenses enjoying lower division successes especially in promoting three of his first four clubs to with the exception of Vitoria de Setubal.
In the 2009 season, he joined Romanian giants CFR Cluj and enjoyed his best stint as a coach at the club. Toni won the first of two Romanian Cup for the club and the Super Cup before returning to Portugal to coach Belenenses in 2010.
After three difficult months at Os Belenenses suffering top level relegation, Conceição returned to Romania, where he coached SR Braşov and FC Astra Ploiești.
In October 2012,he returned Braga B and guided the club in the second tier Championship second tier before leaving for another second tier side Moreirense F.C in 2014.
He returned to CFR Cluj in 2015 and won his second Romanian Cup title for the club in May 2016.
He later move to Cyprus in 2017 where he worked for top flight side Nea Salamina.
He came back to Portugal to manage second tier side Penafiel.
He was at CFR Cluj in his third spell last season but was sacked before the end of the season.
He replaces Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert who lost their jobs following Cameroon’s round of 16 exit from the 2019 AFCON.
It is his first national team coaching job and his first experience Africa.
He will be assisted by Ex-Cameroon internationals François Oman Biyik,Jacques Songo’o as goalkeeper coach and team Doctor Professor William Ngatchou.
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