Claude Le Roy named coach of Oman’s football team

July 16th, 2008 - 10:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, July 16 (IANS) Former French international and former Ghana coach Claude Le Roy has been named the new coach of Oman’s national football team. “Claude Le Roy will take full responsibility from day (one) of the National Football Team external preparatory campaign,” according to the state-run Oman News Agency (ONA).

Le Roy will take over from Uruguayan Julio Cesar Ribas, who was sacked in June after failing to lead Oman in the 2010 World Cup campaign.

This will be the first Middle Eastern national assignment for the 60-year-old Frenchman who has spent the majority of his career coaching African teams like Cameroon, Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo and most recently Ghana.

In 1986, he took the Cameroon national team to the runners-up position in African Cup of Nations and two years later led them to the title.

As coach of Senegal, he took the country to the quarterfinals of the 1992 African Cup of Nations.

He then returned to Cameroon to lead them during the 1998 World Cup in France.

This year, he led Ghana to the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations, a feat that helped take the team to the 14th position in the FIFA world rankings, the highest ever position for the African nation.

He, however, quit the post in May 2008.

“Coach Le Roy’s successful background was the main factor as he has previously managed a lot of high-profile teams and led several countries to the World Cup finals and African Cup of Nations,” a statement issued by the Oman Football Association said.

His first assignment will be to lead Oman’s campaign for 2011 Asian Cup.

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