Football: Portuguese born, António Conceicão is new Coach of the Indomitable Lions

57-year old Portuguese born, António Conceição da Silva Oliveira fondly called Toni Conceição new head coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

The former Portuguese International player and now coach replaces Clarence Seedorf sacked after a dismal performance at 2019 AFCON in Egypt.

His appointment is signed by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi in a press release of this Friday 20th September 2020.

The new Indomitable Lions Head Coach has served 12 clubs amongst them Portuguese sides Vitoria Setubal,Trofense, Belenenses.

During this period he has enjoyed successes at the lower divisional levels and helped three of his first four clubs to with the exception of Vitoria de Setubal.

His Career

The new head coach of the indomitable lions capped once for his country , Portugal in an 11- year playing career across 3 clubs.

He retired in 1999 from International football and started a new career as a coach with SC Braga.

Here, Toni spent three years with the reserves of SC Braga before becoming interim Coach of SC Braga’s senior team in the year 2003.
Still in 2003, the portuguese switched to Naval Primero de Maio where he spent another year.

In 2009, he joined Romanian giants CFR Cluj and enjoyed his best stint as a coach at the club.
In Romania, Toni Conceição won the first of two Romanian Cup for the club and the Super Cup before returning home to Portugal to coach Belenenses in 2010.

Registering dismal performances in three months with Os Belenenses and suffering top level relegation, Conceição returned to Romania, where he coached SR Braşov and FC Astra Ploiești.

In October 2012, Toni returned to Braga B and guided the club in the second tier Championship.

In 2014, he left for another second tier side, Moreirense F.C.

In 2015, he returned to CFR Cluj and won his second Romanian Cup title in May 2016.

In 2017, the former football moved to Cyprus where he worked for top flight side Nea Salamina.

He later came back to Portugal to manage second tier side, Penafiel.

He was at CFR Cluj in his third spell last season but was sacked before the end of the season.

The portuguese will be in Africa for his first experience as a coach with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, 2017 AFCON champions.

According to the press release from the Minister of Sports and physical Education, he will work with the following,
-François Oman Biyik, Deputy Coach
-Jacques Songo’o , Goalkeeper Coach
– Professor William Ngatchou, Team Doctor

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