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Cameroon Minister of Sports announces new Lions coach

October 27, 2011

After weeks of speculation, Cameroon's national football team, the Indomitable Lions, has a new coach, and he has big plans for the team. Denis Lavagne, a Frenchman who until recently was coaching Coton Sport, a regional team from Garoua, will be taking the place of Spaniard Javiere Clemente, the AFP reports.

"The objective is clear: qualify the Lions for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations," Lavagne told Cameroon Radio-Television, according to the AFP. "My mission is also to prepare the team for the future. I'll get to work immediately."

The former coach, Clemente, was fired after the team failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, even though Clemente still had eight months left in his contract, according to the BBC. He only spent one year heading the team with a goal of bringing the Lions to the Cup, but his failure to do so led officials to seek a replacement.

Lions fans can use international phone cards to make calls to Cameroon to talk to their friends about the team's prospective future.

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