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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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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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AFCON 2023 Match Preview: Cape Verde Vs Mozambique

Etienne Mengnjo Mainimo

This will be the first-ever encounter between Cabo Verde and Mozambique at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations. The two teams have faced each other in the past, with Cabo Verde maintaining an unbeaten record in their last three matches against Mozambique, winning two and drawing one. All of these matches took place during qualifiers for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations.

Cabo Verde’s performance in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations has shown steady progress over the years. They recently registered their third-ever win in the tournament, with their last two victories coming in the opening match of the competition. Their 1-0 win against Ethiopia in 2022 marked a significant milestone for the team. However, despite their successful outings, Cabo Verde has never managed to secure consecutive wins at AFCON, making it a challenge they hope to overcome in this edition of the tournament.

On the other hand, Mozambique has yet to taste victory in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations. In 13 attempts, they have struggled to secure a win, registering three draws and suffering ten defeats. However, one notable highlight for Mozambique was their 2-2 draw against Egypt, where they took the lead and held a 2-1 advantage for a considerable period. It was only the second time in their AFCON history that they found themselves ahead in a match, the first being in 1996 against Tunisia, when they took a 1-0 lead before drawing 1-1.

Cabo Verde has proven to be a formidable team in the group stage of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations. Out of their ten matches, they have lost only once, showcasing their consistency and ability to compete at this level. However, their lone defeat in the group stage occurred on MD2 of the 2022 tournament, where they suffered a narrow 1-0 loss to Burkina Faso. This year, they aim to build on their previous successes and secure a strong position in the early stages of the competition.

In contrast, Mozambique has struggled to keep a clean sheet in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations. In their 13 appearances, they have conceded a total of 28 goals, and in 12 of those games, they have allowed their opponents to score at least twice. This statistic highlights the defensive challenges they have faced and the need to tighten their backline to secure positive results.

When it comes to scoring crucial goals, Cabo Verde has shown a flair for late dramatics. Two of their three winning goals in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations have been scored in the 90th minute, demonstrating their ability to maintain composure and make an impact in the dying moments of matches. Héldon and Garry Rodrigues were the heroes on these occasions, scoring against Angola in 2013 and Ghana in the present tournament, respectively. Additionally, Júlio Tavares netted the other winning goal in first-half stoppage time against Ethiopia in 2022, further highlighting Cabo Verde’s ability to capitalize on key moments.

Cabo Verde’s recent victory over Ghana on MD1 of this year’s CAF Africa Cup of Nations showcased their attacking prowess. They had 15 shots in that match, surpassing the total number of shots they had in their previous three games combined. This impressive offensive display demonstrated their intent and desire to compete at the highest level. It was their highest shot count in an AFCON game since January 2015, when they faced Congo DR, once again illustrating their ability to create opportunities and aim for victory.

Mozambique, despite its struggles, has displayed diversity in its goal-scoring capabilities. In the history of their CAF Africa Cup of Nations participation, different players scored all six of their goals. This highlights the collective effort and the team’s ability to rely on various contributors to find the back of the net. Notably, four of their six goals were scored between the 54th and 58th minutes, including both goals in their 2-2 draw against Egypt on MD1 of this year’s tournament. This pattern suggests that Mozambique tends to find its rhythm and initiate its attacking prowess during this specific period of the game.

Lastly, Garry Rodrigues has proven to be a valuable asset for Cabo Verde in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations. He has scored two goals as a substitute, showcasing his impact when coming off the bench. Surprisingly, in these two substitute appearances, Rodrigues has had more shots on target (3) than in the four AFCON games he started (1 shot). This statistic highlights his ability to make an immediate impact and contribute positively to the team’s attacking efforts.

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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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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.