Clarence Seedorf was unveiled on Friday as the new coach of Cameroon, with Patrick Kluivert joining as his assistant.
The Former Holland international Seedorf has in the past coached AC Milan, Chinese side Shenzhen and Deportivo La Coruna but lasted less than six months in each role.
The pair replaces Belgian Hugo Broos, who won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017 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, 42, said: ‘I feel honoured to be given the opportunity to manage this great country.”
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 as well as 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, who is Holland’s third-highest scorer, has extensive coaching experience, having been assistant at AZ Alkmaar between 2008 and 2010, before also gratifying that role at Brisbane Roar and NEC.
After leaving Holland, he managed Cuaraco, his mother’s homeland, but was incapable of helping them qualify for the 2018 World Cup before coaching in Ajax’s youth set-up and spending one season at PSG as sporting director.
Seedorf follows the path of fellow Dutchman Arie Haan, who was Cameroon manager for six months between 2006 and 2007.
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