Rigobert Song Bahanag, the former Cameroonian international received a Certificate of Merit on Sunday June 27 for his “immense contribution to the development of Cameroonian and African football” from the Malian Football Federation.
This was during the 60 th edition of the Malian Cup final, which took place at the Modibo Keita Stadium.
The former Cameroon Football icon was one of the football legends who were invited for the event.
Also in attendance, was former Senegalese football legend, EL Hadj Diouf, Ibrahim Thiam and Bassala Toure.
The former Captain of the Indomitable Lions was recognized with a certificate of Merit, for his immense contribution to the development of football in Cameroon and in Africa.
The former Liverpool defender holds the record of the most caps for the indomitable Lions with 137 to his name, as well as the most consecutive games in the AFCON, with 35 games, more than any other player in the history of AFCON.
Song has featured in a record 8 AFCON and has participated in four World cups ( 1994, 1998, 2002 & 2010).
Song retired from active football in 2010 at the age of 34.
In 2015, Song almost became the coach of Tchad, but that didn’t work out for him. In 2016, he was appointed coach of the Cameroon’s intermediate Lions, but was out of duty for sometime due to ill health.
He however returned in 2018 where he guided the intermediate Lions to the African nations championship (CHAN), where the home base lions finished bottom of their group with two losses and one draw.
In 2019, he was appointed to led the under 23 lions to the African U -23 cup of nations in Egypt.