Siasia applies for Cameroonian manager's job long with 76 other high profile coaches

FORMER Super Eagles head coach Samson Siasia has applied for the vacant job of Cameroonian manager joining the long list of 77 candidates hoping to manage the Indomitable Lions.


Siasia, 50, has been out of job since he guided Nigeria to a third-place finish  in the men’s football event of the Rio 2016 Olympics. He is hoping to bounce back with rivals and neighbours Cameroon, who have been without a head coach since Dutchman Hugo Broos was sacked after failing to qualify the Lions for Russia 2018.


However, Siasia will have to contend with a high profile field as many world class coaches and former players are also said to be interested in the job. Among those who have also applied include former France coach Raymond Domenech, World Cup winner Lothar Matthaus and Welshman John Toshack.


A spokesman for Fecafoot, the Cameroonian football federation,  confirmed the list will now be narrowed down to three ahead of the interview stage. Cameroonian football is going through a low at the moment, suffering a big drop in fortunes since Broos guided the Indomitable Lions to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations title.


Domenech, 66, who managed France at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, has come close to managing an African national side before. Seven years ago, he claimed he was set to be named the Algeria manager but Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic eventually got the job.


Toshack, 69, was a legendary player for Cardiff City, Liverpool and Wales and as a manager won a Spanish league title with Real Madrid and led Swansea City from the bottom division to the summit of English football. After managing teams in the footballing outposts of Macedonia and Azerbaijan, Toshack left Europe for a spell with Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca between 2014 and 2016.