Jean-Paul Akono

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Jean-Paul Akono
Personal information
Date of birth (1952-01-01) 1 January 1952 (age 65)
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1980 Canon Yaoundé
National team
1972–1973 Cameroon
Teams managed
2000 Cameroon Olympics
2001 Cameroon
2002–2003 Chad
2012–2013 Cameroon
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jean-Paul Akono (born 1 January 1952) is a Cameroonian football coach and former player.

Early and personal life[edit]

Akono was born on 1 January 1952 in Yaoundé.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Akono played for Cameroon at international level, participating in the 1972 African Cup of Nations,[2] and appearing in one FIFA World Cup qualifying match in 1973.[3] He played club football for Canon Yaoundé between 1979 and 1980.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Akono was in charge of Cameroon at the 2000 Summer Olympics.[4]

He was appointed to manage the Cameroon national team on an interim basis in September 2012.[5][6] In April 2013 it was announced that the Cameroonian Football Association had begun the process of finding a permanent replacement for Akono.[7] Akono later stated he was "shocked and embarrassed" that they were replacing him, and that he would not be applying for the job on a permanent basis.[8] The Cameroonian Football Association later announced that Akono would remain in charge for forthcoming World Cup qualifying matches in June 2013, although they would continue their search for a replacement due to Akono's illness; he was replaced by German Volker Finke a few days later.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Jean-Paul Akono". National Football Teams. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "African Nations Cup 1972 - Final Tournament Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Jean-Paul AkonoFIFA competition record
  4. ^ "Cameroon squad - 2000 Summer Olympics". FIFA. Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Lavagne sacked, Akono recruited". FIFA. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "New Cameroon coach seeks Eto'o return". BBC Sport. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Leocadia Bongben (23 April 2013). "Cameroon to start recruitment process to replace Akono". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Akono will not apply to be permanent Cameroon coach". BBC Sport. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Leocadia Bongben (22 May 2013). "Cameroon appoint German Volker Finke as coach". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 March 2015.