- Philippe Redon switched to football management after a successful playing career with various French clubs
- Rennes, Bordeaux, FC Metz, Saint-Etienne and Paris Saint-Germain are among the top clubs he turned out for during his playing career
- His most successful stint as coach was with Cameroon who he guided to the semi-finals of 1992 African Cup of Nations
Curtains have fallen on renowned former French striker and coach Philippe Redon with his death being announced on Tuesday, May 12, at age of 69.
Redon turned out for French sides Rennes, Bordeaux, FC Metz, Saint-Etienne and Paris Saint-Germain during his active playing days.
He made a name for himself as a prolific striker while at Rennes and Saint-Etienne, helping the latter secure promotion to top-flight football.
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After ending his playing career, Redon went into football management in 1980, getting his first job with Creteil manager in 1988 before switching to RC Lens.
He would later go into national team management, assuming his role as head coach with Cameroon in 1990 when he succeeded sacked Russian Valery Nepomnyashchy whose team had faltered in that year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Algeria.
Redon enjoyed a bright start to life with the Indomitable Lions qualify for the 1992 Afcon showpiece, staying unbeaten through the qualifying phase.
He guided the team to qualify for the semis as they were dumped out on penalties by Cote d’Ivoire.
Differences with the Cameroonian Football Federation saw him replaced by Jean Manga-Onguene before Liberia came calling in 2000, with his stint coming to an end two years later.
A number of French clubs and footballers have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the veteran striker.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Atalanta teenage sensation Andrea Rinaldi has been reported dead barely three days after suffering brain condition.
The 19-year-old midfielder joined the Serie A side on a loan deal from lower league outfit club Legnano.
He was said to have rushed to the hospital in Varese on Friday, May 8, after falling ill but he failed to make it out of there alive.
His club confirmed the news on their official website, expressing their sadness over the death of the talented player. They described Rinaldi as "a golden boy, exemplary in life and play".
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