Official: Frenchman Denis Lavagne named Cameroon coach

The former Coton Sport Garoua manager has been appointed as the Indomitable Lions' new coach, replacing Spaniard Javier Clemente who was fired on Tuesday

The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) announced on Wednesday the appointment of Denis Lavagne as the Indomitable Lions' new coach, confirming rumours that the Frenchman was the favourite amongst half a dozen candidates to succeed Javier Clemente, who was sacked on Tuesday for failing to qualify the team for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

The former coach of Cameroonian league champions Coton Sport de Garoua's chief objective will be qualifying the Lions to the 2013 Afcon and preparing the team for the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers, according to state television CRTV.

Lavagne, 47, coached at several training centres including Sedan in France, Qatar Sports Club in Qatar, Cheng du Blades in China and Difaa El Jadida in Morocco before becoming Coton Sport's head coach in 2009, after a one-year stint with the club in 2007.

Cameroonian legend Roger Milla has been rallying against the nomination of Lavagne, saying it would be “repeating the same mistake of hiring Clemente.” Instead, Milla said a local coach would be the best thing for the team at the moment.

The Under-20 national team coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile, a Cameroonian, who was also vying for the post, will be Lavagne’s assistant while Pierre Mbarga has been named as the goalkeeper coach.