Former Liberia and Cameroon coach Philippe Redon has died at the age of 69.
His boyhood club Stade Rennais announced the news on Tuesday night. Redon was still a member of the French outfit’s technical staff. He turned out for Stade Rennais between 1971 to 1975, and later became a member of the professional staff from 2002 to 2007 as assistant coach with Vahid Halilhodžić, László Bölöni and Pierre Dréossi.
He is remembered for being the first scorer in the history of the European Cup. He netted the historic goal on September 15, 1971 against Glasgow Rangers.
The Mayenne-born forward went on to play for Saint-Etienne between 1985 and 1987, scoring 56 goals from 377 matches for the club. He also helped them win the Group B Division 2 title as well as secured promotion to the French top-flight.
Straight after hanging up his boots, he went into coaching.
He started off his coaching journey with spells at RC Lens and US Creteil. Redon took charge of Cameroon between 1991 and 1992. He drew goalless at home during his first game in charge against Mali in October 1990 and reignited the Lions winning spark during the return leg game securing his first win (2-0) in emphatic fashion.
The former French footballer guided the five-time African champions to the semi-finals of the 1992 African Cup of Nations in Senegal. In 2000, he took charge of Liberia’s Lone Stars.
Former Indomitable Lions danger man Patrick M’Boma took to social media to express his shock at Redon’s passing. “I have just learned that Philippe Redon is no more. Sad!” the ex-Cagliari, Parma and Sunderland man posted.
Redon held a pharmacy diploma and a DEPF (Professional Football Coaching Diploma), and has also worked as a FIFA instructor.
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