Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen has signed a contract extension that will see him lead the Indomitable Lions at the 2010 World Cup.The Frenchman took over the side after the exit of German tactician Otto Pfister in May and, with the team struggling in their opening two qualifiers, turned things around with four straight victories.
“The negotiations to continue the job with Cameroon did not last 30 seconds,” Le Guen said after a signing ceremony at the National Sports Stadium in Yaounde, at a press conference. But his targets with the side are tough.
Cameroon Sports Minister Michel Zoah confirmed he has asked Le Guen to win the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, and get the Indomitable Lions to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
One of the masterstrokes of Le Guen during his time in charge was to appoint inspirational striker Samuel Eto’o captain of the national side, and the Inter Milan star responded by not only scoring the goals that took Cameroon to South Africa, but by being able to lift his teammates in their all-round performance.
Cameroon have been drawn with Gabon, Zambia and Tunisia in Group D at the Nations Cup, and Netherlands, Denmark and Japan in Group E at the World Cup.