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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Finke named new Cameroon coach

ESPN staff

Former Cologne manager Volker Finke has been appointed as the new coach of the Cameroon national team.

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Finke, 65, replaces caretaker boss Jean-Paul Akono, who had been in temporary charge following the sacking of Denis Lavagne last September.

The veteran manager, who has been out of work since leaving an interim post with Cologne last year, becomes the fourth German to take the reins of the Indomitable Lions - following in the footsteps of Karl-Heinz Weigang, Otto Pfister, and 2002 African Nations Cup-winner Winfried Schafer.

Finke cut his managerial teeth in the German lower leagues but is best known in his homeland for his 16-year spell with Freiburg, during which time he masterminded three promotions to the Bundesliga and took the club into the UEFA Cup twice.

He will be tasked with taking Cameroon to the 2014 World Cup, with the Indomitable Lions currently in a strong position sitting atop their qualifying group ahead of Libya, DR Congo and Togo.

Finke's first game in charge will be a friendly against Ukraine in Kiev on June 2, before Cameroon face World Cup qualifiers away to Togo on June 9 and Dr Congo on June 16.




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