Patrick Mboma has confirmed that he has applied for the post of Cameroon head coach, revealing that Algeria’s Africa Cup of Nations winning manager Djamel Belmadi was influential in his decision.
The 48-year-old is interested in replacing Clarence Seedorf as head coach of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners
The Indomitable Lions are without a permanent coach after Dutchman Clerence Seedorf was fired in July following failure to defend the Afcon title in Egypt.
With the job up for grabs, Mboma has told local sources that he is interested in the job, and has already applied for the position.
“Djamel Belmadi convinced me that it was not as complicated as it seemed,” Mboma told journalists. “The way he told me things managed to persuade me.
“It left me dizzy in my head. I spent 24 good hours thinking about it. After much thought, I decided to discuss it with the president of the Cameroon Football Federation, who didn’t give me a bad reception.
“In due time, admittedly discreetly, I decided to apply for the position of coach of the Indomitable Lions.”
The former striker has never been the head coach of a team before, having been involved as technical staff member of Paris Saint-Germain Under-19 side.
He admits that he is well aware of the pressure that comes with being at the helm of the Indomitable Lions.
“Potentially, it would be big pressure,” he added. “It is a renowned job, a difficult one in the sense that the public are very demanding.
“I know very well that if things come to an end right away, the critics would be ready to fall [on me]. That’s not what scares me. What worries me the most is the difficulty in passing on a message, a system of play.