Football: The 11 Commandments of Rigobert Song


When the good Lord handed down the Decalogue to Moses atop Mount Sinai, he limited himself to just the ten commandments. The new boss of Cameroon’s national football team, Rigobert Song, is obviously more demanding.

Song met up with his team in Guinea-Bissau this week, and made them all sign up to a rousing 11-point “sermon”. Here is the English version, courtesy of the BBC:

  • The Cameroon national team is sacred, serving it is my only goal
  • The green-red-yellow is sacred, I shall wear it in every stadium, honour and defend it
  • Playing for my country is an honour, with loyalty, fidelity and courage I shall represent it
  • Each match and each selection is goodness shared with my people, my public and mates
  • With my team-mates I shall be strong, with friendship and solidarity my watchword
  • Respect for elders is a principle, from them I inherit this jersey, illustrious they handed it to me and glorious I will pass it on
  • I shall communicate with my coaches, comrades and officials, dialogue shall remain my strength
  • No matter the time and place, player or substitute I shall serve with enthusiasm and professionalism
  • I shall give my best in the field, I shall be humble and hold my head high
  • From North to South, East to West, I shall be a model for the youths of Cameroon and Africa
  • Indomitable I am, indomitable I shall remain

Blimey. Truth be told, it would be nice if Cameroon’s Lions were a bit less domitable than they’ve been of late. Despite having many of Africa’s most gifted players, including Rigobert’s Arsenal-based cousin Alex, and of course the world’s highest-paid footballer and timepiece obsessive Samuel Eto’o (who at one point was banned for an astonishing 15 matches) Cameroon have been all over the place since former French boss Paul Le Guen’s strife-riven spell in charge.

Maybe the Nigerians should try something similar?

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Elliot Ross

Elliot Ross is senior editor at Africa is a Country. He tweets at @africasacountry and @futbolsacountry

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  1. Some of the Nigerian national team players subscribe to the 11 commandments of Evangelist TB Joshua. (There are seriously a few who follow and pay tithes to the prophet. They wouldn’t need to practice or follow the coach’s instructions as the good prophet predicts the result remember. Or they could appoint Reverend Taribo West as coach.

  2. Rigo isn’t part of the coaching staff (BBC should know this). Team manager in Cameroon (and French) football is the equivalent of a school prefect – don’t you know professional football players are overgrown kids? – extra-curricular stuff and administration. Not exactly “the boss” as in England (except Chelsea of course). He’s perfectly in his role – well, in a Rigo sorta way.

  3. Song is not the boss of the Cameroon national team. Team manager in this context refers to logistics officer and in Song’s case he has the added role of being an interface between the the players and coaching staff on the one hand and administration on the other. In fact, he basically overstepped his job description with this stuff. But it’s Cameroon. Who follows any laws, job descriptions there?

  4. @CP @Isaac – thanks for pointing that out, I was too hasty in reading him as boss. Wouldn’t be surprised if he does end up in the hotseat if the qualifying campaign doesn’t start well.

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