Cameroon choose German Finke as new coach

The 64-year-old German coach is taking over from Jean Paul Akono with an ultimate responsibility to qualify the Indomitable Lions to the 2014 World Cup
German-born football tactician Volker Finke is new coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, Goal understands.

He takes over from Cameroonian and Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medallist in football, Jean Paul Akono.

Finke, 64, was appointed Wednesday by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Adoum Garoua, after a shortlist was presented to him by a commission composed of members of Cameroon football governing body FECAFOOT and officials of the Ministry of Sports & Physical Education.

The German has been tasked to qualify the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

Prior to his newfound job in Cameroon, Finke was the Sporting Director of the Teranga Lions of Senegal. He is noted to have being in amateur and professional football circles in Germany. In one of his German football clubs, SC Freiburg, he spent 16 years, during which he took the club from Division II to Division I.

From Freiburg, Finke had stints at FC Koln as director and later at Cologne as general manager. He will move to Japan to be part of Orawa Red Diamonds and subsequently to Senegal, where he has been serving as Sporting Director until his new responsibility as the head of the technical bench of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

The tasks ahead of Finke begin June 2, 2013 with an international friendly against Ukraine slated for Kiev before embarking on two crucial qualifiers for World Cup 2014 in Brazil. These are matches against the Hawks of Togo to be played in Lome and against the Leopards of the DR Congo scheduled for Kinshasa.

Finke, who speaks English, French and German was born March 24, 1948 in Nienburg, Lower Saxony in Germany.