Clarence Seedorf And Patrick Kluivert Pose With Cameroon Shirts After Taking Charge Of National Side

Patrick Kluivert and Clarence Seedorf were unveiled as Cameroon's new coaching team

Former Holland international Clarence Seedorf was unveiled on Friday as the new boss of Cameroon, with Patrick Kluivert joining as his assistant. 

Seedorf, 42, has previously coached AC Milan, Chinese side Shenzhen and Deportivo La Coruna but lasted less than six months in each role.

The pair replace Belgian Hugo Broos, who won the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations but then failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Kluivert revealed his delight at taking the job, declaring on Instagram: ‘Let’s do this brother, new challenge.’

On signing his contract, Seedorf said: ‘I feel honoured to be given the opportunity to manage this great country.

‘We are ready for work and I hope everyone is ready. Our job starts today.’

Cameroon will defend their Nations Cup title on home soil in June next year, a first major finals test for the new management team, who will then target qualification for the 2022 World Cup.

Seedorf, an 87-cap Holland international, enjoyed an illustrious playing career, winning the Champions League with Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan, sharing the Ajax triumph with his new assistant.

While Seedorf has no previous international management experience, Kluivert was assistant coach of Holland between 2012 and 2014 and helped his nation to a third-placed finish at the 2014 World Cup under Louis van Gaal.

The striker, Holland’s third-highest scorer, has extensive coaching experience, having been assistant at AZ Alkmaar between 2008 and 2010, before also fulfilling that role at Brisbane Roar and NEC.

After leaving Holland, he managed Cuaraco, his mother’s homeland, but was unable to help them qualify for the 2018 World Cup before coaching in Ajax’s youth set-up and spending one season as PSG’s sporting director.

Seedorf follows the path of fellow Dutchman Arie Haan, who was Cameroon boss for six months between 2006 and 2007.


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