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AFCON 2023: Cameroon Advances As Wooh’s Late Goal Electrifies Yaounde Streets

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

The streets of Yaounde erupted into an electrifying atmosphere of jubilation as fans of the Cameroonian national team celebrated their triumphant victory over Gambia, securing their place in the second round of the ongoing Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON. The thrilling match ended with a score of 3-2 in favor of Cameroon, thanks to a late goal from their defender, Christopher Wooh.

When Wooh’s decisive goal found the back of the net, jubilant Cameroon fans spilled out onto the streets of Yaounde, expressing their joy and pride in their team’s remarkable comeback. The match started with a goalless first half, but Cameroon bounced back in full force during the second half. Karl Toko Ekambi broke the deadlock and put Cameroon in the lead. However, Gambia managed to equalize and subsequently took the lead, creating a tense atmosphere on the field.

In a dramatic turn of events, an own goal from a Gambia player leveled the score, sending waves of celebration through the Cameroonian supporters. The decisive moment came when George-Kevin Nkoudou’s well-placed corner kick met the head of Christopher Wooh, resulting in a euphoric 3-2 lead for Cameroon. Gambia’s hopes for a late equalizer were dashed as the goal, scored with a hand, was rightfully disallowed.

With this thrilling victory, Cameroon now sets its sights on the quarterfinals, where they will face their fierce rivals, Nigeria. The anticipation and excitement among fans are palpable as they eagerly await this highly anticipated clash between two football powerhouses on the African continent. The stage is set for a captivating encounter to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

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Rigobert Song: “I Am Convinced; Cameroonians Will Be Happy Tomorrow,”

Rigobert Song, head coach of the Cameroon National Football Team, has expressed the hope that Cameroonians will be filled with joy when his team takes on Gambia in their last group match in the ongoing TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d’Ivoire.

Song shared his sentiments during a pre-match press conference, highlighting the expectation of the upcoming clash between Cameroon and Gambia on January 23 in AFCON 2023.

“Tomorrow we’ll win, and the Cameroonians will be proud. What people refuse to recognize is that I’m rebuilding. I trust my players. Maybe we also like to be in difficulty to play well. Tomorrow’s game is crucial; we’ll have our three points, but I don’t think Abubakar will be ready to play tomorrow. He’ll be ready after our three games,” stated Rigobert Song confidently.

Addressing the pressure from Cameroonians, Song remained composed and unaffected, drawing upon his experience with pressure from a young age.

He stated, “I’m a special person. I don’t panic, I don’t stress, I listen to critics, I understand them, and I keep my wits about me. I’ve been told I’m dead, but I’m alive. After that, nature has its reasons, and it’s God who decides. Tomorrow will be good, and we’ll get through. It’s not a tactical or technical problem; it’s a mental one, and my players know it. In the last game, we lost because we lacked experience and maturity. There won’t be any major changes to the team tomorrow.”.

Talking about resigning from the team, Song said, “Regarding my resignation, I won’t answer your question. I’m staying focused on tomorrow’s game, and we’ll see. We’re learning every day, and we have to be aware that there are things we’ve missed. My players and colleagues have understood what was missing.”

It is going to be the second meeting between Cameroon and Gambia in the Africa Cup of Nations, following their clash in the quarterfinals of the 2022 edition held in Cameroon.

Cameroon emerged triumphant with a 2-0 victory, courtesy of two goals from the talented Karl Toko-Ekambi. A win for Cameroon in this crucial match will place them in a favorable position as they strive to qualify for the next phase of the competition.

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“We Lacked Experience And Fighting Spirit”- Nouhou Tolo

By Etienne Mengnjo Mainimo

Cameroon international and left-back Nouhou Tolo has unveiled his views on the performance of the Indomitable Lions in the last two games of the ongoing TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d’Ivoire. According to Tolo, although the team played well, they lacked experience and fighting spirit.

During a pre-match press conference in Cote d’Ivoire ahead of their match against Gambia on January 23, Tolo stated, “In our first two games, we played very well, but we just lacked experience and fighting spirit. I honestly think that we did not run enough. However, if we are more dynamic against Gambia, we will win. We have observed that in this AFCON, teams that give more on the pitch tend to come out victorious.”

Cameroon and Gambia will face each other for the second time in the Africa Cup of Nations, following their clash in the quarterfinals of the 2022 edition in Cameroon. In that encounter, Cameroon emerged triumphant with a 2-0 victory, thanks to two goals from the talented Karl Toko-Ekambi.

A win for Cameroon in this match will put them in a favorable position as they strive to qualify for the next phase of the competition.

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Cameroon’s AFCON 2023 Campaign Hangs On A Balance

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

Cameroon finds itself at a critical juncture in their AFCON 2023 campaign as they prepare to face Gambia at Stade de Bouaké on Match Day 3. With just one point from their first two games in Group C, Cameroon’s hopes of advancing to the round of 16 hang on securing a victory in this crucial encounter.

The reigning champions of the 2017 AFCON have had a challenging start to the tournament, drawing with Guinea before suffering a defeat against Senegal. Failing to secure a win in this upcoming match would likely extinguish their chances of progressing further in the competition.

This will mark the second meeting between Gambia and Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations, following their clash in the quarterfinals of the 2022 edition. On that occasion, Cameroon emerged triumphant with a 2-0 victory, courtesy of two goals from the talented Karl Toko-Ekambi. Gambia, on the other hand, has struggled against Cameroon in the past, losing all three previous encounters without managing to find the back of the net while conceding five goals.

Gambia’s recent form in the AFCON has been less than ideal. After remaining unbeaten in their first four games in the tournament, winning three and drawing one, they have endured a string of three consecutive losses without scoring a single goal. Meanwhile, Cameroon has also faced challenges, going winless in their last four AFCON matches with three draws and one defeat. This represents their longest winless streak in the competition since 2017.

Defensively, Cameroon has shown vulnerability in the group stage, conceding four goals in their two AFCON 2023 matches. This already surpasses their tally from the entire group stage of the 2010 edition, where they conceded five goals. In their most recent match, Cameroon suffered a 3-1 defeat against Senegal, ending a remarkable streak of 10 consecutive AFCON group-stage matches without a loss. The Indomitable Lions have not experienced back-to-back losses in the group stage since 1990.

Gambia, on the other hand, has struggled to find the back of the net in recent AFCON matches. They have failed to score in their last 24 attempts, with their last goal coming from Musa Barrow against Guinea in January 2022. In the current tournament, Gambia has managed only two shots on target out of 19 attempts, resulting in a mere 11 percent accuracy rate.

As Cameroon and Gambia prepare to clash in this crucial encounter, it is evident that both teams are facing their own set of challenges. For Cameroon, a victory is imperative to keep their AFCON 2023 campaign alive, while Gambia aims to break their goal drought and secure their first win of the tournament. The stakes are high, and football fans around the world eagerly await the outcome of this decisive match.

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Cameroon U-20 Lionesses Qualify for Women’s World Cup

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

The Cameroon U-20 Indomitable Lionesses have qualified for the 11th edition of the biennial Women’s World Cup Colombia from August 31 to September 22, 2024.

Impressively securing their qualification ticket, the U-20 Indomitable Lionesses defeated Egypt with an aggregate score of 5-3. In the first leg, Cameroon emerged victorious with a 4-2 victory over Egypt, and in the second leg held in Yaounde on January 21, both teams played to a 1-1 draw.

Lamine Mana scored two goals in the first leg and gave Cameroon the lead in the away leg before Egypt drew level 1-1 at the Amadou Ahidjo Stadium.

Nigeria and Morocco will join Cameroon in the tournament, while the fourth-place team will be determined after the clash between Senegal and Ghana. Morocco secured their qualification with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Ethiopia, while Nigeria recorded a 2-0 aggregate win against Burundi to secure their spot.

This event will mark Colombia’s inaugural FIFA women’s tournament. On October 4, 2023, FIFA announced the expansion of the tournament to include 24 teams. Notably, this will be Colombia’s third time hosting a FIFA tournament.

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AFCON 2023: Song Confident Ahead Of Cameroon’s Crucial Encounter Agaisnt Senegal

By Etienne Mengnjo Mainimo

Ahead of a crucial match between Cameroon and Senegal, Coach Rigobert Song has maintained his confidence in the team’s readiness to prove their point in the second group match of the ongoing 34th edition of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d’Ivoire.

During a pre-match press conference, Song stressed the importance of finishing and stated that the upcoming match against the defending champions would be a significant challenge for the Cameroon national team.

“Tomorrow, there will be some good things. Matches come and go, but they’re never the same. We’re aware of that. My players and I are confident. It can be done. We believe in it,” expressed Rigobert Song.

Regarding the line-up for the match against the Terranga Lions, the Cameroonian coach believes that a winger will be included in the starting line-up. He further stated, “Tomorrow, you’ll have a team of 11, and everyone will be in their position.”

Cameroon faces an uphill battle as they aim to bounce back after their disappointing 1-1 draw against Guinea in the first group match. Football experts suggest that Cameroon must secure a victory to keep their dreams of qualifying for the second round alive.

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Nigeria Beat Host Country, Cote d’Ivoire, To Keep Dream Alive

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

In a thrilling encounter against the host country, Cote d’Ivoire, the Super Eagles of Nigeria triumphed, securing a crucial win and reigniting their hopes of advancing to the next stage of the competition.

Staged on January 18, William Troost-Ekong sealed the deal for Nigeria as he converted a penalty to keep his team in the lead. Nigeria’s triumph was a significant turnaround following their disappointing 1-1 draw in the first group game, which had left fans somewhat disheartened.

However, the team’s resilient performance in this match injected renewed optimism among their supporters. The Black Stars demonstrated their determination to overcome potential obstacles on their path to success.

Looking ahead, the Super Eagles face Guinea-Bissau in their final group game. This encounter presents a crucial opportunity for Nigeria to secure a place in the next stage of the competition, and the team’s recent victory has undoubtedly provided them with a much-needed boost of confidence.

As the nation eagerly anticipates the upcoming fixture, Nigerian fans rally behind their team in Yaounde, showing unwavering support and belief in their ability to triumph once again.

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We Need To Better Position Players To Improve Performance (Alexandra Song)

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

Former Cameroon International player Alexandre Song has stressed the importance of placing players in their proper positions to enhance their performance.

Speaking over the national broadcaster, CRTV, while watching the Cameroon vs. Guinea match in the ongoing 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, Song expressed his observations and recommendations.

“I’ve seen Enzo Tchato. I think he can play right-back. We’ve got Moumi Ngamaleu, who can dribble and cross. The left side was well organized. It was very complicated on the right. On the second day, we’ll have to give Enzo a chance on the right,” Alexandre Song stated.

He further emphasized the importance of providing players with opportunities to showcase their abilities. “So that he can show what he can do. How can you have players and not give them the chance to play? We need to learn from this match. We need to put each player in his place to improve his performance. When you put a player in a position that’s not his own, it’s not easy for him to perform well. We used to play more on the left,” Song added.

Cameroon is set to face Senegal in their second group game and must be prepared to confront the formidable Senegalese team, who are determined to succeed. This match, akin to a clash of wildcats, promises to ignite excitement and intensity. The team must rise to the occasion and unleash their full potential to avoid any sense of disillusionment.

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Nigeria, Egypt Eagerly Await Opponents For The 2024 WTTC In South Korea

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

Nigeria and Egypt, prominent table tennis powerhouses in Africa, will discover their opponents for the ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships (WTTC) Finals in Busan, South Korea. The draws for this global event will be revealed on Tuesday, January 16, at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre (BEXCO).

This tournament holds immense significance as it is a qualifying event for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The top eight teams in the men’s and women’s categories will secure their slots in the team event of the Olympic Games in France. With the WTTC Finals scheduled for February 16–25, the participating nations are eagerly preparing to showcase their skills on the global stage.

To represent Africa in the men’s event are Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Madagascar. These teams have a rich history of excellence in table tennis and are well-regarded internationally. In the women’s category, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Mauritius will fly the continent’s flag. These talented players are set to make their mark and demonstrate the growing strength of African table tennis.

Egypt has already secured the continent’s sole ticket in the team events (men and women), granting them the opportunity to compete in the team event of the Olympic Games. This achievement paves the way for Nigeria and other African teams to join them, adding further excitement and anticipation to the tournament.

With less than 30 days remaining until the tournament commences, the draws will mark the official countdown to the championships. This momentous occasion is particularly significant for the Korean Republic, as they host this prestigious event for the first time. The organizing committee is committed to providing a unique and unforgettable experience for all participating teams and spectators, ensuring that the event leaves a lasting impression on the global table tennis community.

The draws will unveil the matchups for the thrilling matches, setting the stage for a captivating championship. Fans from around the world eagerly await the announcement, as the pairings will determine the intensity and competitiveness of the matches. The tournament promises to provide spectators with exhilarating displays of skill, determination, and sportsmanship.

Beyond the Olympic qualification at stake, the championships also offer the globe’s strongest teams the opportunity to compete for two of table tennis’s most coveted prizes: the Swaythling Cup and the Corbillon Cup. These prestigious trophies symbolize excellence in team table tennis, and winning them is a testament to a team’s mastery of the sport.

Furthermore, this tournament is set to celebrate the Republic of Korea’s place in table tennis history. The first-ever World Table Tennis Championships were held in London in 1926; since 1957, the event has been held biennially.

The World Team Table Tennis Championships were introduced as a separate competition in 2000, allowing teams to compete specifically in the team format. This year’s edition marks the Korea Republic’s inaugural hosting of the event, adding to the nation’s rich table tennis heritage.

As the anticipation builds and the tournament draws near, players and fans alike are eager to witness the thrilling matches and the crowning of the world’s best table tennis teams. The WTTC finals in Busan will undoubtedly be a momentous occasion filled with excitement, fierce competition, and the spirit of camaraderie that unites the global table tennis community.

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AFCON 2023 Day 3: Cameroon, Algeria, And Senegal To Determine Entry Ticket Into The Competition

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

Cameroon, Algeria, and Senegal are eagerly preparing to enter the highly anticipated 2023 TotalEnergies African Cup of Nations (AFCON) on January 15. The matches will take place across different venues in CIvory Coast, host of the 34th edition of the competition.

In Group C, all eyes will be on Senegal as they face off against Gambia. The defending champions, Senegal, are determined to begin their 2023 campaign with a resounding victory over their opponents. Although this will be the first time these two teams meet in the AFCON, they have crossed paths before during the World Cup qualifiers.

Gambia, though considered the underdogs in this match, may pose a formidable challenge to Senegal, who cannot afford to underestimate their opponents. It’s worth noting that no AFCON defending champion has advanced beyond the round of 16 in the last six editions of the tournament.

However, Senegal aims to defy this trend and make a strong statement by securing a convincing win against a determined Gambia side.

Meanwhile, the clash between Cameroon and Guinea in Group C promises to be a captivating affair. Both nations are eager to turn a new page and leave an indelible mark on the 2023 AFCON. Cameroon, in particular, will be aiming to make a grand entrance as they have not lost an AFCON opening match since 2010.

The team will draw inspiration from their past successes and look to capitalize on formable players. On the other hand, Guinea will be keen to showcase their talent and challenge Cameroon’s dominance. Expectations are high for an exhilarating encounter between these two formidable teams.

In Group D, Algeria takes on Angola in a match that has generated significant interest. Both sides have consistently displayed exceptional football skills whenever they have faced each other. This will be their second meeting in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, with their only previous encounter resulting in a goalless draw during the group stages of the 2010 edition.

The history between these two teams adds an element of intrigue to the match as they look to break the deadlock and secure a crucial victory. With their skilled squads, Algeria and Angola will have to work through the tactical maze their rivals have created.

As the countdown to the 2023 AFCON continues, football fans around the world eagerly anticipate these thrilling matches. The stage is set for Cameroon, Algeria, Senegal, and other participating nations to showcase their football prowess and compete for ultimate glory in this prestigious tournament.

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Afcon 2023: Group C Match Preview: Cameroon Vs Guinea

By Etienne Menhnjo Maninimo

Cameroon and Guinea are set to face each other in one of the opening matches of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON Group C games, on January 15. This highly anticipated encounter between the two nations promises to be a stirring Group C clash that will take place at the Yamoussoukro Stadium in Ivory Coast.

Cameroon has showcased a strong performance in their recent matches, including wins and draws, indicating good form leading up to the tournament. Their consistent performances suggest they are well-prepared and ready to compete at the highest level. As the reigning champions of the 2017 AFCON, Cameroon will be eager to recapture their winning form and make a strong start in this tournament.

On the other hand, Guinea’s recent performance has been mixed, with wins, losses, and a draw, suggesting some inconsistency in their game. However, the team possesses talented players with the potential to make a significant impact.

The history between these two teams adds an extra layer of excitement to this match. They last faced each other on January 15, 2015, during the AFCON Group D game, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Before that, they met on February 11, 1998, in a Group A match in Ouagadougou, where they played out a thrilling 2-2 draw. This history of close encounters adds to the anticipation surrounding their upcoming clash.

Looking at their recent records, Cameroon has registered one win, two draws, and three losses in their last six games, while Guinea has suffered five losses and recorded only one draw. Cameroon has scored six goals and conceded eight in these matches, while Guinea has netted only three goals and conceded 11. These statistics indicate that Cameroon has been more prolific in front of goal, but Guinea cannot be underestimated, as they can surprise their opponents.

When it comes to playing style, Cameroon typically exhibits a robust approach, focusing on solid defensive setups and effective counter-attacks. On the other hand, Guinea is known for its tactical flexibility, often adapting its style to suit the country’s strengths.

While Cameroon strives to strengthen their attack line in the absence of Vincent Aboubakar, who sustained an injury during one of the training sessions, it is also important to keep a close eye on Serhou Guirassy from Guinea.

Guirassy has been in sensational form, terrorizing defenses with his goal-scoring prowess. He has been a standout performer, scoring 17 Bundesliga goals in just 14 league matches. This explosive goal-scoring ability has been a surprise, considering his previous seasons’ records. If Guirassy receives the expected service, he could be the key to Guinea’s success in this tournament.

As both teams possess talented players and are known for their competitive spirit, this match is expected to showcase tactical prowess and individual brilliance. Football fans can anticipate an exciting game when the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon take on the Syli Nationale of Guinea in their quest for dominance in Group C of the AFCON 2023.

Melim FC goalkeeper dived to save his team as they maintained a 1-0 lead against Won Mbveh FC. Photo Credit: Mainomo Etienne

BSFC 10th Edition: Unifying Communities Through Sports, A Path To Peace And Development

By Etienne Mengnjo Mainimo

The 2023 edition of the Bui Sports Fans Competition (BSFC has kicked off in Yaounde with the primary objective of unifying communities through sports and paving the way for peace and development.

This year marks the competition’s 10th edition, which began on October 8 with the participation of eight teams from various localities in the Bui Division in the Northwest Region of Cameroon.

The competition, also known as “Community Sports for Peace and Development,” celebrates its achievements since its inaugural edition in 2007.

Aside from fostering peace and development, the BSFC aims to promote social cohesion, integration, and talent detection.

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The goalkeeper of Mile One Kumbo FC watches helplessly as Dzekwa Rangers FC (RED) scores to balance the tally to 2-2. Photo Credit: Mainimo Etienne

During the opening day, Hyginus Sahka, the President of Bui Strikers Veteran Football Club, emphasized that the BSFC journey has nurtured young talents and witnessed remarkable outcomes.

He added that the competition has provided employment opportunities in various domains but has also played a role in bringing people together, with some even finding life partners through this community-based football jamboree.

Sahka stated, “Our accomplishments are just so abundant. As we embark on this tenth edition, we must honor and celebrate our fallen heroes and those still with us for the good work they did and are doing to make the competition grow from strength to strength. The unfolding tournament promises to be a joyous occasion for all involved.”

On the first playing day, a total of five goals were scored, with the highest-scoring match being a 2-2 draw between Mile One Kumbo FC and Dzekwa Rangers. In the second match, NDECA FC secured a 1-0 victory over Kinkerangker FC in a highly contested game.

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Bui Diaspora FC faces Bui Strikers Veteran FC on Day Two of the BSFC, 2023 Edition. Credit Photo: Mainimo Etienne

On the second day of the competition, staged on October 15, Bui Diaspora FC defeated Bui Strikers FC 2-0. Melim FC narrowly emerged victorious with a 1-0 win over Won Mbveh Chitaa FC. All matches occur at the Mateco Stadium, located on the University of Yaounde One Campus.

The Bui Strikers Veteran Football Club is the organizer of the BSFC, which began in 2007, bringing together the three communities that constitute the Bui Division, namely the Nso, Oku, and Noni communities. The competition will also pay tribute to heroes from the Bui Division who have made significant contributions to sports and community development.

Bui youths thrilling fans during the 10th edition of the BSFC. Photo Credit: Etienne Mainimo
Bui youths were thrilling fans during the 10th edition of the BSFC. Photo Credit: Etienne Mainimo

According to the organizers, by paying tribute to these heroes, the BSFC not only celebrates their achievements but also seeks to inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.

Their stories serve as a testament to the transformative power of sports and community involvement, motivating others to make a positive difference in their own communities.

As the BSFC continues to grow and evolve, Bui Strikers Veterans say, it remains committed to its core mission of promoting unity, peace, and development through sports within the Bui Division.

Melim FC goalkeeper dived to save his team as they maintained a 1-0 lead against Won Mbveh FC. Photo Credit: Mainomo Etienne
The Melim FC goalkeeper dived to save his team as they maintained a 1-0 lead against Won Mbveh FC. Photo Credit: Mainomo Etienne

Through sports and the recognition of local heroes, the competition serves as a catalyst for positive change, creating a legacy that will endure for years to come. As the BSFC unfolds, it promises to be a source of joy, inspiration, and pride for all involved.

The competition serves as a reminder that sports have the remarkable ability to transcend boundaries, unite communities, and pave the way for peace and development.

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Best ANAFOOT Trainees Bag Home Scholarship Awards

By Etienne Mainimo

Over 100 male and female trainees of the National Football Academy, ANAFOOT, have been awarded scholarships. The scholarships were awarded to the beneficiaries on September 30th at the Bamendzi Stadium in Bafoussam. The scholarships were awarded during ANAFOOT’s official back-to-school launching ceremony with support from Orange Cameroun.

Chaired by Carl Enow Ngachu, Director General of the Academy, the solemn ceremony also marked the resumption of ANAFOOT activities. More than 2000 boys and girls attended the ceremony, which simultaneously kicked off in the nine other regional centers of the academy.

According to ANAFOOT officials, the scholarships were awarded to the best female and male learners who excelled academically and athletically during the past academic year.

Speaking during the event, Enow Ngachu expressed gratitude to Orange Cameroon and other collaborators for their contributions to the development of Cameroonian and youth football in ANAFOOT.

He emphasized the event’s significance, stating, “…Today, we mark the start of an exciting sporting adventure, filled with challenges, competitions, and camaraderie. This is an opportunity to come together as a sporting community and create unforgettable moments together.”

Enow Ngachu added, “Football is more than just a physical activity. It is a way to push our limits, unite, and create lasting memories. Whether you are players, educators, members of the technical staff, or passionate parents, we are all connected by our love for football and our desire to give our best.”

Enow Ngachu outlined ambitious goals for this season, expressing ANAFOOT’s aspiration to place more young trainees in clubs and national teams, improve individual and collective performances, and maintain a strong team spirit.

He acknowledged that achieving these goals would require hard work, discipline, and dedication, but expressed confidence in the potential of the ANAFOOT community to achieve great things together.

Besides, Enow Ngachu stressed the need to uphold the essential values of sport, particularly football, which include fair play, respect for opponents, integrity, and sportsmanship.

He emphasized that these values are fundamental pillars of their community and should be applied both on and off the field. Enow Ngachu urged everyone to behave with dignity and respect, serving as ambassadors of the spirit of sportsmanship, whether in victory or defeat.

Last year, the launching ceremony took place in the East Region. However, over 35 children from ANAFOOT will be playing in different clubs in the Elite champions in Cameroon. More than 200 will be playing in the regional league.

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BSFC 10th Edition: Preparations Hot Up

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

Preparations for the celebration of the 10th edition of the Bui Sports Fans Competition (BSFC) are hotting up in Yaoundé.

Ahead of the commemoration, preparatory meetings have intensified, with the different stakeholders taking the necessary dispositions to ensure that all goes well when the competition begins in mid-September 2023.

According to the organizing committee, the 10th anniversary will be celebrated with a lot of fanfare. Besides the ongoing sensitization in the different communities that make up the division, a total of eight teams drawn into two pools will take part in the competition. Teams participating will bear community names from the division.

Registration has also been increased, while the objectives of the competition will be modified. In addition, the tournament shall celebrate the road covered in the past nine editions as well as honour the living and deceased heroes of the BSFC.

The story of BSFC dates back to 2007 when the first edition took place. During that edition, only the Nso community out of the Division’s three tribes was represented. However, the competition was dedicated to the founders of Bui Strikers Veteran Football Club, Yaounde.

Having experienced the same fate during the 2008 edition, the competition was suspended in 2009 to carry out sensitization to bring other communities into the competition.  In 2010, Bui Division was fully represented as the Oku and Noni tribes came on board, and this has been sustained till the 7th edition.

The 8th, 9th, and re-launch editions were staged in the absence of the other communities, but the sons and daughters from the entire Bui Division took part in the competition.

So far, the Royal Olympics of Kikaikom won the competition in 2013 as champions and were runners-up in 2014, when the Kilum Bees of Oku were crown champions. Mbam Valley Football Team emerged champions in 2012, while Sun City FC has remained the only club that has taken the trophy twice, in 2010 and 2011.

In 2015, Mbokam United became champions, while Bui Diaspora FC settled as champions in 2016. Following the outbreak of the ongoing anglophone crisis in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon, the competition was suspended.

It was not until 2022 that the relaunch of the competition took place, with 10 teams on board. Nso Islamic Development, and Cultural Association, NICDA FC, defeated Soya Boys FC in the finals to become winners. As the competition enters its 10th edition, a lot of achievements have been recorded, with sons and daughters from the division playing their trade in and out of the country in the world of sports.

Bui Strikers Veteran Football Club in Yaounde is the sole organizer of the competition. Like in past editions, the annual competition was aimed at identifying, exposing, and promoting talents from Bui Division.

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Lekié FC Crowned Guinness Super League 2023 Champions

By Etienne Mainimo

Lekie FC has been crowned champions of the Cameroon Women’s Football Competition dubbed Guinness Super League 2023.

The match was staged at Yaounde Omnisport Annex 1 Stadium in a ceremony presided over by Céline Eko, First Vice-President of Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, and President of the Cameroon Women’s Football League.

Knowing that they were already champions before the last playing day, Lekie FC maintained their superiority in style as they thrashed Amazon FAP 4-0 during the top and final game of the season.

Before the end of the first half of the game, Lekie FC was leading Amazon FC by a goal to nothing, in the second half, things turned to soar for Amazon as they failed to score a goal conceding three to make it 4-0.

It was the 22nd game for Lekie FC recorded 18 victories, three draws, and one defeat this season. The team finished at the top of the championship with 57 points, seven points ahead of its runner-up Éclair FF de Sa’a with 50 points and 13 points more than FC Ebolowa, which came in the third position with 44 points.

Lekié had the best attack this season, scoring 68 goals while three of their best attackers scored significant goals. Marie Ngah Manga scored 19 goals while Brenda Tabe and Raïssa Nnanga recorded 14 goals each. Lekié FC ascended into the topflight championship in the 2021-2022 season.

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Cameroon-Nigeria Golf Tournament: Friendship Triumphs

The Cameroon-Nigeria Friendship Golf Tournament lived up to its bidding, as friendship triumphed. Diane Momsa from Nigeria loved every bit of the game, won two, and lost one, but the best thing that happened to her was Mama Alisa, the host who was like a mother.

“I am inviting her to the Women’s Golf Open in Nigeria in February 2024”, Momsa extended her invitation.

Diane Momsa from Nigeria is in green and Alisa in Red.

Meanwhile, the tournament ended in parity, with 22 points on each side:

Day1 CMR 8 NIG 6
Day 2 CMR 5 NIG 8
Day3 CMR 9 NIG 8

The tournament ended with the award of trophies, winning, dining, and exchanging pleasantries, a show of friendship.