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Javier Clemente becomes Cameroon coach

Javier Clemente
Clemente has signed a two-year deal

Former Spain coach Javier Clemente signed a two-year contract to take charge of Cameroon.

New boss Clemente, 60, has succeeded Frenchman Paul Le Guen, who left after Cameroon's disappointing showing at the 2010 World Cup finals.

The Indomitable Lions lost all three group matches in South Africa.

Clemente, who coached Spain from 1992 to 98 and Serbia from 2006 to 2007, is looking to restore Cameroon's reputation as a top international side.

"This is more challenging, especially as the [football federation] president has told me to take the Indomitable Lions to the greatest heights," Clemente said.

"The most important thing is to work well, and work together, to achieve our objective - victory."

Clemente has indicated he has no intention of changing the captaincy, currently held by Samuel Eto'o.

"To me Samuel is the best centre forward, not only in Cameroon, but in the world. Samuel is a good captain... and makes his impact felt as a player, so why not maintain him as captain," the Spaniard added.

Former striker Francois Omam Biyik, who famously scored Cameroon's winner against Diego Maradona's Argentina in the opening game of the 1990 World Cup finals in Italy, will be among Clemente's assistants.

"One of my messages to the players will be to make them understand that, one may not necessarily be friends in life, but playing for a team, especially the national team, gives you a single objective that must be followed very strictly," Biyik said.

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Clemente named new Cameroon coach
17 Aug 10 |  African
Le Guen quits as Cameroon coach
24 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Cameroon performance analysis
07 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Song retires from Cameroon duty
01 Aug 10 |  African
Cameroon's Geremi moves to Greece
24 Aug 10 |  African

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