n Conflict Trends - Roger Palmgren - sports Director at AmaZulu FC, Durban, South Africa : interview

Volume 2010 Number si-1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Currently holding the position of sports director at the South African premier league football club AmaZulu FC in Durban, at the age of twenty-seven Roger Palmgren started his coaching career with FC Café Opera in his native Sweden. After consecutively winning the fourth, third and second Swedish divisions, in 1993 he moved to AC Arezzo in the Italian third division. Despite his young age, he was the following year contracted as national coach of the Sierra Leone 'Stars', taking them to the African Cup of Nations in both 1994 and 1996. After a spell with Degerfors IF in Sweden and, again, AC Arezzo in Italy, in 1999 Palmgren returned to Africa as technical director of the national selection of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Once again, he steered his team to the 2000 African Cup of Nations. Between 2004 and 2006, he served as national coach and technical director of the Rwanda national squad, the 'Bees' (), who famously held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in the qualification for the FIFA 2006 World Cup in Germany. During his years in Rwanda, the Amavubi twice became runners-up in the East and Central CECAFA Cup.

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