Gabriel Zabo is the new head coach of the national women’s football team, the Indomitable Lionesses. Cameroon Football Federation (FCAFOOT) made the announcement on Friday June 18, 2021. The new coach will have Anong Bernadette as assistant coach. The decision also appoints former Indomitable Lioness striker, Gael Enganamouit as Team Manager. Gabriel Zabo takes over from Alain Djeumfa Defrasne who coached the Lionesses since January 2019.
FECAFOOT’s decision follows repeated calls to sack Alain Djeumfa after several failures to meet the expectations of the Cameroonian people in major international competitions. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the Olympics Intercontinental Play-offs that took place in April in Turkey when Chille beat Cameroon in the away and return legs. The newly appointed coach fondly referred to as el tactico has over ten years of experience in the Cameroon Elite One championship. Prior to the appointment, he was the coach of Stade Renard of Melong before Colombe of Dja and Lobo and Avion Academy.
Gabriel Zabo takes over after the women’s national team failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games in August 2021. His first task will be the next women’s Africa Cup of Nations that will take place in Morocco. The Stade Renard of Melong and former Fovu of Baham trainer had a good record last season as he helped Colombe to reach the third spot in the Elite One championship. He is expected to begin training with the Indomitable Lionesses in the months ahead.