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Euro 2020 from an African perspective: Cameroon's Olivier Ovambe can take some credit for Italy's success

Euro 2020 from an African perspective: Cameroon's Olivier Ovambe can take some credit for Italy's success

 

Italy has qualified for the finals of the ongoing European nations Championship after doing away with Spain in the semi finals. Roberto Mancini's team looks set to stay afloat in Europe for the next decade but a little fit in this current team's puzzle can be related to Africa, Cameroon to be precise.

A Cameroonian  who formerly played football in Italy with with Bellaria Calcio in Serie C2, Olivier Ovambe, trained some of the youngsters making Italy proud at the ongoing European Championship.

Ovambe's exceptionality especially with grassroot football in Italy, earned him the accolade as the first professional black football manager to be appointed in Italy

The Cameroonian trainer was delighted to see Federico Chiesa score in Italy’s semifinals triumph over Spain; his second in the competition, as he tutored the youngster during his school boy days.

Coach Ovambe equally contributed to the growth of Chelsea’s celebrated left – back Emerson Palmieri, who stepped in for Leonardo Spinazzola (ruled out due to Injury).

The coach has been fine tuning the art of grooming young talents and has worked with junior teams at Inter Milan U10, U12, U16, first team. Palermo U13, U15, U18, first team. Piacenza U21, first team, Genoa Calcio U15, first team. Derby county U10, U15, U17, first team, Aston villa U12, U15, first team. Nottingham forest U16, U15, U18, U21, first team. Leicester City U15, U16, U17, first team. Birmingham City U21, U14, first team. Burton Albion U16, U18, first team. West Bromwich Albion FC U21. .

Olivier Ovambe, talking to Sportsglitz.net, has not completely waved aside the chance of one day – coming back to work as a National Technical Director in Cameroon, when the chance comes.

Ovambe, is a holder of the UEFA license A, and now works as coach of the Rotherham United football Academy, after a successful stint at Rwanda’s FC Mukura, last season.

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