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AFCON 2021: Cameroon vs Egypt, A Tale Of Supremacy, Revenge

By Etienne Mainimo

Cameroon and Egypt will on Thursday, February 3, face each other in the semi-finals of the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON going on in Cameroon.

The two-nations will march each other in what is considered the final before the finals. In the hearts of both supporters, there is fear and uncertainty on what will be the outcome of the match when the final whistle is sounded at the Olembe Stadium.

Given the tension that has existed between these two nations, there is no doubt that besides the supremacy and tension raising in the background, beautiful football is expected to centre stage.

So far, in the competition, Egypt is led by an inspirational Mohammed Salah who seems to be kicking into action, at the moment that the tournament has entered its climax stage.

For their part, Cameroon is spearheaded by a sensational striker Vincent Aboubakar who has been one of the very best players in the entire competition, scoring the most number of goals.

Aboubakar is closely followed by Karl Toko Ekambi with five goals.

The story of Thursday’s match is going to be unique given that there is probability that the game will extend into extra time.

Both sides have met in 27 matches but Egypt has maintained it domination winning 15 of them and losing only six times. The last time they faced each other was in the 2017 AFCON. The Indomitable Lions pulled off a 2-1 victory over the Pharaohs.

While Cameroon’s holds the most recent record of 17 home games in all competitions consisting of no losses, Egypt in their last 26 games in all competitions, has recorded 24 undefeated matches.

In all competitions, Cameroon has recorded no loss in 24 of their most recent 26 home games. The indomitable lions have also had a period of 15 straight home games without a defeat.

However, knowing that Cameroon has kept a clean sheet throughout this competition and Egypt has passed through thick and thin to arrive at the semi-finals, there is more than watching the game on Thursday.

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AFCON 2021: “Our Side Is Armed With Spirit And Determination” – Burkina Faso Coach

By Etienne Mainimo

Burkina Faso coach, Kamou Malo has said The Stallions are armed with a strong spirit and determination as they face Tunisia in the quarter-final clash against Tunisia in one of the matches to be staged on Saturday, January 29.

Speaking at a press-match press conference in Garoua, Kamou Malo said, beyond the youthfulness of the team, they have the determination to continue the journey and feel the responsibility.

“The next match is qualifying for the semifinals, so it is very difficult. We have the determination to continue the journey and feel the responsibility. Our players are young and have the enthusiasm to win and continue their way,” he said.

To coach Malo, “Tunisia is a good and cohesive team, but our side is armed with spirit and determination. The game will not be played on paper, but on the field.”

“We don’t think about the past, but the present is always more important. We have a young ambitious team, and we can write our present and future,” he added.

Accompanying the coach, Adama Guira (midfielder) stressed that, all players are focused and each victory will contribute to easing things in their country and consequently making their people happy.

“We are delighted to be in the quarterfinals, and we can’t wait for the match that will be as a final. All players are focused. Our victory will contribute to easing things in our country and make our people happy, and this is what we are striving for.”

“We have young players, but they are playing at the highest levels in Europe. The team is well prepared, and we are among the best in the tournament. We keep improving game after game,” he said.

Burkina Faso is set to confront Tunisia on January 29 at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua.

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AFCON 2021: Covid-19 Hits Tunisian Team

By Brian Mboh

The Tunisian team taking part in the 33rd edition of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations is struggling with a Covid-19 scare.

Twelve players of the Carthage Eagles have been tested covid positive . According Lebledparle.com, 16 players had participated in their last training session held on Wednesday. In prelude to their decisive game against the Gambia side.

The news comes as a big blow for Wahbi khazri and mates barely few weeks after picking a controversial one nil edge against Mali.

The Carthage had kick-off the competition on a giant move, by blasting the Mourabitounes by four goals to nil in their first game for the 33rd edition of the TotalErnegies AFCON 2021.

As the competition gets another momentum, a good number of African giants have succeeded in picking a crossover ticket for the 8th finals.

These Nations include, Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Malawi and Burkina Faso. Meanwhile, Sudan, Ethiopia,Zimbabwe and Ghana have all been booted out of the tournament.

The battle for the 8th rounds seems to be tough this Thursday, as Ivory Coast clashes with Algeria and Sierra Leone faces Equatorial Guinea in group E at the Japoma bout. Meanwhile, group F will see Mali versus Mauritania at Japoma and Tunisia against Gambia in Limbe.

Fai Collins, Lions Defender

‘We Would Give Our Best Against Cape Verde– Collins Fai

By Etienne Mainimo

One of Cameroon’s finest defender, recent under the appellation, ‘the dependable’ Collins Fai , has said the Lions would give their best when they face Cape Verde in their last Group A match of the ongoing TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations; AFCON going on in Cameroon.

Collins Fai made the statement on Sunday January 16 during a pre-match press conference at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde.

Facing the media, Fai said they have a competitive team and everybody wants to contribute to the success of the team. In the same lane, they are going to give in their best when they face Cape Verde.

“…I believe that if the coach called in 28 players, he has confidence in them. Tomorrow, we are going to give our best and maintained the momentum,” he said.

Fai added, “We have to play offensive and we are ready for the challenge. We have learnt from the two games we played against Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. We want to take every game 100 percent. We are focused on improving every day.”

Going by Fai, “Our game tomorrow is not difficult because everyone wants to play, to show what he is capable of. We know we have qualified but we need to continue winning, building our confidence and learning.”

“We made a lot of mistakes in the past two games and we need to correct them and look forward to the next phase of the competition. We are on a positive lane,” Fai stated.

Talking about the social media, he reiterated, “It is true we have our social media platform, we are following up and we feel the encouragement, support and pressure and all of this we have to manage it positively.”

“It makes us want to improve every day. We are happy that the fans are behind us and we will continue to work hard to keep the joy we are giving to Cameroonians and African football,” he said.

Cameroon Coach Antonio Conceicao

AFCON 2021: “Ethiopia May Seem Weak, But We Have To Be Vigilant” – Conceição

By Etienne Mainimo

Cameroon head coach, Antonio Conceição says as the team prepares to take Ethiopia in the second Group A match of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, the indomitable lions need to be vigilant.

Speaking during pre-match press conference at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde on January 12, coach Conceição said, even though Ethiopia is less strong football nations, they can still create surprises looking at how they played their first match.

“Our objective is to win and to win we must have ball possession and to control the ball. we need to score. we need to come up with an offensive game and try to win,” he said.

He added, “it will not good for us to play a draw. Ethiopia can be a less stronger team but can cause a lot of surprises and we need to be vigilant.”

Conceicao stressed, “We are preparing the match against Ethiopia with the same trust like the first match. It is important to win the second match. We have to put another strategy and our objective is a win. we have continued with our training and all our players are ready to play the second.”

The coach who had not explain his choice of captain today explained he choose Aboubakar Vincent because he is a good player in ant out of the field of play and respected by his mates.

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Samuel Oum Gouet who accompanied the coach said preparations are high and they are looking for ward to beat Ethiopia. “Every match is different and unique reason why we are looking forward to our next game with home”.

Cameroon will take on Ethiopia on Thursday January 13 in the second Group game while Cape Verde will confront Burkina Faso in another group game.

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AFCON 2021:Cameroon Vs Ethiopia, A Match Of Stakes

By Etienne Mainimo

Cameroon and Ethiopia will face each other in the second Group A game of the ongoing 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of nations, AFCON.

Both sides will confront each other on January 13 at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde. The confrontation between the two teams have been described by city dwellers as a match of stakes.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game considering what happened in the first games. It’s true that Cameroon won and Ethiopia lost but it is going to be a game of stakes because who ever wins will have an upper hand to qualify for the next round of the competition,” Sule Njing said.

“AFCON games have been very difficult and I foresee the next games of the Lions to be difficult but I am confident that we will win,” a trader said.

Meanwhile on Thursday, Cameroon could go unchanged for the meeting with Ethiopia but it’s is likely that Clinton N’Jie and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who both came on with 20 minutes to play on Sunday and will be pushing to start.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia will be forced to at least one change after Yared Bayeh received his marching orders at the 12 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Cape Verde. Debebe Mignot is expected to be at the heart of the defence when they face Cameroon.

Even though the Indomitable Lions did well to recover from their early setback on Sunday, they will be going to the game enjoying a more comfortable status.

Ethiopia’s spirited display against Cape Verde after being reduced to 10 men early on in the opening day, means they need to at least avoid defeat to harbour any hopes of progression to the next round of the tournament. Ethiopia needs to fix things before this game and should be troublesome against Cameroon.

Samuel Oum Gouet

While Ethiopia were very defensive in the first game, Cameroon will have to find a quick fix to their breached defense in the first match if they are to contain ambitious Ethiopians who will look to win their first game of the tournament.

This will be the second competitive encounter between Cameroon and Ethiopia. The last meeting between the two countries in the Africa Cup of Nations was in 1970 when Cameroon record a 3-2 win over the Walias.

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Fans Gear Up For Indomitable Lion’s Second Match

By Etienne Mainimo

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will on Thursday January 13 take on Ethiopia in the second group A match of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON in Cameroon.

Prior to the game, fans of the indomitable Lions are galvanizing to supporting the Lions toward winning their second match at the Olembe Stadium.

After securing a win in their first match, fans are optimistic that the Lions will record their second victory and qualify for the next round of the competition.

“We, the fans are doing everything possible to supporting the lions when they face Ethiopia next Thursday. We supported in the first match and the second match is not going to be exception. We are 100 percent behind our times,” Peter Ngala said.

He added, “Everyone should come and support the lions. His is the time that each and every one need to support the lions more than ever before. Please, let us come and support them.”

“We are going to come out massively at the Olembe stadium and support the Lions. They are making us proud and we need to support them. We have to keep this trophy,” a supporter said.

Cameroon will face Ethiopia in the second Group A match on January 13 after edging Burkina Faso in the opening day by 2-1. Ethiopia on the part, lost to Cape Verde.

While Cameroon will be coming to the game confident of securing their second victory, Ethiopia will be looking for their first win in the ongoing games. The Walias of Ethiopia lost in their first game to Cape Verde 0-1.