National team coach Djamel Belmadi has encouraged former Cameroon international Patrick Mboma to enter the field of training and oversee his country’s national football team.
Patrick Mboma said he met with Djamel Belmadi at a store in Cairo, on the sidelines of the 2019 African Cup of Nations hosted last summer by Egypt.
In a press interview with CAF, the holder of the 2000 African Ballon d’Or said Belmadi’s advice was valuable, as he warmly encouraged him to go ahead with the practice of coaching by supervising Cameroon.
Mboma concluded his remarks by saying that he would follow the advice of the best coach in AFCON 2019 namely Djamel Belmadi, and applied to the Cameroonian Football Federation in the past few days, with a file to run for the supervision of the “Indomitable Lions”.
Patrick Mboma (48 years’ old) has the required training certificates for this profession, but he has never practiced in the position of head coach and at the level of the top flight, whether with clubs or teams.
There is at present no coach for Cameroon, following the recent sacking of Dutch technician Clarons Seedorf, following the squad’s early exit from the AFCON 2019 race. Cameroon will host the summer version of the African football cup of nations in 2021.
Both Belmadi and Mboma faced each other as players during the Algerian national team’s match versus Cameroon in the first round of the group stage of the 2004 African Cup of Nations held in Tunisia. They both played key roles in the tournament, and the thrilling fixture ended in a draw.