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Cameroon Suspected Serial Rapist: 22 Women Tell Government To Act On Prevailing Insecurity

Some 22 Cameroonian women have signed a letter urging authorities to take action on the prevailing public insecurity, particularly in the Hervé Bopda case.

The Bopda Affair, like a horror film, is also the story of a suspected serial rapist who has preyed on scores of women.

Alice Nkom, Vivian Tathi, Rebecca Enonchong, Tomaino Ndam Njoya, Rose Ndengue, and Caroline Mveng, among others, are urging the government to act.

Excerpts from the letter.

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Malaria Vaccine: Cameroon Introduces RTS, S/AS01, Targets 249,133 Children This Year

Cameroon is the first country to introduce the malaria vaccine into its vaccination program. This far, 1833 children have been vaccinated.

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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 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.

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Cameroon-Gabon Ivory Trafficking Swells- Threatening The Elephant Population


An international ivory trafficking ring has been dismantled in Gabon following the arrest of nine people in connection with a huge shipment of elephant tusks heading to Cameroon. The traffickers were arrested with 21 elephant tusks weighing 131kg in a crackdown on the major ivory trafficking ring using hidden compartments in vehicles. They were arrested last month by Gabonese wildlife officials and the police with the support of an EAGLE Network project known by its French acronym as AALF (Appui a l’application de la loi faunique), hosted by the Gabon-based conservation group Conservation Justice.


One of the suspected traffickers, a Gabonese of Cameroonian origin, was intercepted transporting the ivory in a pickup vehicle, sparking off a series of other arrests. He was found with 19 elephant tusks and 4 pieces of ivory weighing 120 kg, which he cleverly concealed in a fitted secret compartment under the tipper of the truck. Also hidden in the car was a sum of close to one million CFA francs. An expired residence permit of a well-known Cameroonian Ivory trafficker who was once arrested in Cameroon was also discovered. He was arrested in October 2020 with 626kg of ivory tusks by Customs officials in Ambam. He was later found guilty of illegal possession and sentenced to only four months in prison.

The traffickers arrested in Gabon are believed to be key players of a well-organized criminal ring operating between Cameroon and Gabon, illegally exporting several tons of ivory to Cameroon over many years. Over a nine-month period, over 25 million francs are suspected to have been traded in ivory transactions worth at least a ton of elephant tusks by the criminal group. A major trafficker who had been sentenced to prison in recent years was also arrested, and four others were arrested with two elephant tusks weighing 11kg. This network, which is estimated to have generated the killing of thousands of elephants, demonstrates that corruption is the main enabler of organized wildlife trafficking. Ofir Drori, the founder of Eco Activists for Governance and Law Enforcement (EAGLE), says, “The seizure of 21 tusks and 4 ivory pieces is a mere snapshot of the regular activities of this vast network operating for many years with representatives and stations spread all over Gabon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Cameroon, trafficking ivory between Central and West Africa.


Speaking after the arrest operations, Ofir Drori, explained that “The illegal wildlife trade is routed through corruption. This is a good example of a very criminal network driving elephants to extinction. It has already been caught once and rewarded with a ridiculous sentence, only to continue their illegal activities undisturbed.”


Gabon seems to be setting the standards very high with stiff jail terms and prosecutions. According to Luc Mathot, Executive Director of Conservation Justice, which assisted wildlife officials involved in the arrests, “This type of operation is vital and should be repeated to dismantle the few large ivory trafficking networks that have managed to survive in Gabon, where the political will to protect the environment remains strong. The forest elephant population is estimated at 95,000 and appears to be stable, making it their last big refuge.


But the pressure remains, particularly from Cameroon.  Conservation Justice is part of the EAGLE Network, which brings together several conservation groups to assist governments across Africa in effective wildlife law enforcement.

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Cameroon-Nigeria Friendship Golf Tourney Kick-Starts In Yaounde

Golfers from Cameroon and Nigeria are on the starting block as the Cameroon-Nigeria Friendship Golf Tournament kick-starts in Yaounde today.

The tourney which is part of the annual activities of the Cameroon Golf Federation was officially announced during a presser at the Yaounde golf club last evening.

It would not be only about the sport, but an avenue for business meetings for economic operators, civil engineers, and politicians from both countries. The legendary IBB International Golf and Country Club of Abuja is the special guest of the tourney.

During the presser last night, Prof. Wilfred Mbacham Cameroon captain stated that the host was going to match the Nigerian golfers with Cameroonian seniors. “it is the friendship that would be celebrated along the golf course to discover what each other does.” He urged Cameroonian golfers coming to the tournament to bring their business cards along as beyond golf, there is encouragement and exchanges.

The Nigerian captain stated that when two people come together, they start to understand themselves better, even as a governments.

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Cameroon-Born Francis Ngannou Seals Deal With PFL

By Etienne Mainimo

Cameron-born, former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has sealed a multi-fight deal with the Professional Fighters League, PFL.

The announcement was made public on Tuesday, May 16, jointly by the heavyweight champion and PFL.

The CEO of PFL, Peter Murray in a statement said, “The PFL is excited to announce its groundbreaking strategic partnership with Francis Ngannou, the greatest heavyweight fighter in the world. Ngannou will anchor the PFL’s star-studded PPV Super Fight Division, serve on PFL’s Global Athlete Advisory Board, and will be a chairman and equity owner in PFL Africa.”

Murray added, “This is not an athlete deal. Francis is an icon today in the sport, he is the best in the world at what he does, but he’s in business with the PFL. We’re in business together.”

A press release also stated that “…Ngannou is the former UFC heavyweight champion, the first African heavyweight world champion in history, and the hardest-hitting fighter in MMA history.”

Speaking to the New York Times, Ngannou said, “The past few months have been a very interesting time to understand and see the landscape, but I’m very excited about this deal with the PFL because they basically showed what I was expecting.”

Ngannou said in a tweet:

The 36-year-old is expected to make his PFL debut in 2024 against an opponent to be announced. He is also keen on a professional boxing match, which his new contract with the PFL allows.

The PFL intends to launch multiple leagues across different continents in the coming years, with PFL Africa expected as soon as 2025. PFL Europe was launched this year. Ngannou failed out with UFC after becoming Champions in 2022. He said discussions with the UFC broke down primarily over non-financial issues. Since becoming heavyweight champion in January 2022, Ngannou hasn’t fought. An injury also kept Ngannou off the ring after he terminated his contract with UFC.

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Cameroon To Lodge And Train At World Class Facilities At 2022 World Cup

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will lodge at the Banyan Tree Doha at La Cigale Mushaireb while the five-time African champions will train at the Al Sailiya SC Stadium at the 2022 World Cup in Doha, Qatar.
Set in the heart of Doha, the Banyan Tree Doha at La Cigale Mushaireb is described as an elegant urban sanctuary which is perfect for those who are looking for a relaxed yet luxurious stay in an awe inspiring atmosphere.
Like the other 31 teams to compete at the event, the Indomitable Lions who will be appearing at the global football event for a continental record eighth time will be based in top-class facilities throughout the competition.
• 24 teams to stay within 10km radius of each other
• Selection process started in October 2019, with 162 inspection visits organised
The 31 teams travelling to Qatar will have a Team Base Camp (TBC) to call home at the most compact FIFA World Cup™ since the inaugural instalment in 1930. With no domestic flights required during the tournament, the same top-class facilities will be used throughout the competition. For this edition, therefore, official training sessions the day before matches will also be held at the respective training sites.
Teams will check in at their Team Base Camp Hotels (TBCHs) at least five days before their first match, with players hoping to extend their stay from the guaranteed 15 days to 33, an achievement reserved only for the finalists.
As part of the unique features of the FIFA World Cup 2022™, 24 out of the 32 teams will stay within a 10km radius of each other, further ensuring that the event’s thrilling atmosphere is concentrated in and around Doha, to the delight of local and international fans.
Five African nations Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia will be appearing in this year’s planetary football bonanza.

“Qatar 2022 will be a World Cup like no other, with teams benefiting from its compact nature and warm local hospitality. Players will have more time to train and rest during the competition, while being able to experience the excitement that will take over the country at much closer quarters, as fellow players and passionate fans from all 32 nations will be gathering in a single area,” said Colin Smith, FIFA’s Chief Operating Officer – World Cup.
Nasser Al Khater, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 CEO, said: “We’re pleased to let fans see the world-class facilities that Qatar has developed for their national teams. As with all of our World Cup projects, legacy planning has been a key factor and many of the training sites renovated and built will benefit local clubs and communities long after the tournament has finished. The new hotels will also support Qatar’s growing tourism industry post-2022.”
The concept
A TBC is the headquarters of a participating team during the competition period of the FIFA World Cup. It combines a dedicated Team Base Camp Training Site (TBCTS) with a suitable hotel or other form of accommodation (TBCH). There will be three types of training site in use during the tournament: local clubs, cluster training facilities and stadium training sites. Many have been built from scratch or renovated, representing an important part of the tournament’s legacy for grassroots football in Qatar.
The TBCHs range from four- and five-star hotels to villas, resorts and non-hotel accommodation, including sports academy residences and school/university housing. Besides facilities such as treatment rooms, they feature dedicated common areas to safeguard teams’ privacy, and also comply with the relevant security protocols.
A total of 162 inspection visits were organized for the teams that participated in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers, starting in October 2019.

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Colourful Ceremony To Mark Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee

Poetry and music spiced the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee in Yaoundé as Cameroon joined the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth to mark the occasion.

“We are shaking and waking and breaking indifference

We are quaking and taking and making a difference”

These are the lines from Lemm Sassey’s poem full of imagery, rhyme and pace read by the High Commissioner’s wife. The Bastos Ensemble Chois music interpreted British and Cameroonian emblematic music .

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II clocked 96 and marked her platinum jubilee on February 6. She became the first Monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee.

Thus, it was an opportunity to celebrate her services to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

“Known for her sense of duty and devotion to a life of service, she has been an important figurehead for the UK and the Commonwealth during times of enormous social change. During her reign, those changes have reverberated across the Commonwealth and here in Cameroon”, the British high commissioner to Cameroon, Christian Dennys McClure captured the import of the queen.

The celebration of the platinum jubilee was an occasion to revisit the UK -Cameroon collaboration in the area of the Commonwealth Points of Light Award that honours young people with incredible talent. This year Xaviera Kowo a robotics enthusiast developed a waste disposal robot.

Through the prestigious Chevening Scholarship, every year the British High commission enables Cameroonians to pursue a masters in a UK university of their choice and 12 would commence theirs this September.

The Commonwealth Games are equally and avenue for iconic celebration of sports, promoting values of humanity, equality, fairness and inclusion. This year Birmingham is waiting to welcome the Cameroonian delegation.

It was also an occasion to revisit the economic cooperation ties between Cameroon and Britain, which increased to 312 million pounds in 2021.

The ceremony was attended by government officials and top personalities of different background among them the Tech Entrepreneur, Rebecca Enonchong.

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Henri Depireux: Former Lions Coach Dies At 78

By Brian Mboh

Henri Depireux of Belgian descent, former Indomitable lions’ head coach passed away on Friday in his homeland, following a long protracted illness.

The latter had managed the Cameroonian senior national football team from 1996 to 1998.

Depireux began his career at FC Liège in 1963 , where he won three titles respectively in 1969,1970,1971 and later on join Racing White RWDM. And ended his career in 1980 after playing for Bas-Oh and FC Tilleur.

He had featured twice for the Belgian national team in 1969 against Mexico in a friendly and in 1971 against Scotland in qualifying for the Euro.

After his rich experience as a player, Henri joined the coaching career.

The Belgian tactician had qualified Cameroon for the 1998 World Cup in France and the African Nations Cup hosted by Burkina Faso in 1998.

Depireux joined Moroccan side FAR (Forces Armées Royale) of Rabat and later on moved to the Union of Arab Emirates where he signed for Sharjah FC.While at FAR of Rabat, he was winner of the 1998 King’s Cup and a semi-finalist of the African Nations Cup.

In 2000, he became deputy to Jean Thissen at Standard Liege, earning ten successive victories. He managed the Belgian division two club RFL Liege in 2002 and became head trainer for another division two side CS Visetois in 2003.From 2006-2007 , Henri managed the Democratic Republic of Congo, in his last coaching outing.

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2022 World Cup: “We Will Go To Qatar With A Different Mentality” – Eto’o

By Etienne Mainimo

The President of the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, Samuel Eto’o has said, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon should start preparing because they we have to go to the 2022 World Cup with a different mentality.

Speaking shortly after the Lion’s dramatic ousting of Algeria in the last round qualifiers of the 2022 Qatar World Cup match in Algeria, Eto’o maintained that, if other countries have been winning the World Cup, while not Cameroon.

“First of all, I want to say a big thank you. Like I said a while ago, the match was going to be very long. You did the job but I am a big dreamer. I am not going to Qatar to leave in the first round. We will go to Qatar with a different mentality,” Eto’o said.

He added, “…if others can win, why not us. We have a lot of responsibilities. We have to change the way we are going to the World Cup. Begin to anticipate the upcoming World Cup. We will not go to Qatar for a walk.”

“What you have done today is enormous but what you will do in Qatar in November and December is going to be big. Those you will meet in Qatar are not better than you. They play in the same clubs as you. We shall be one and we are going to write history,” Eto’o said.

Cameroon qualifies for the 2022 World Cup following the away goal rule against Algeria in the last qualifying match played in Blidar. Karl Toko Ekambi sealed Cameroon’s qualification at the 118 minutes after a beautiful cross from Collins Fai landed on Michael Ngadeu’s head to give Ekambi the opportunity to sweep the ball home inside the box into the net.

After the full-time whistle the Lions of Cameroon had qualified. It was a massive heartbreak for Algeria with their coach Djabel Belmadi sinking to the turf.

Earlier on, Eric Maxim Choupo Moting had open scores for the lions in the first half of the game slamming the ball home after Algerian keeper; Rais M’Bohli carelessly dropped a corner right at his feet. The goal gave Cameroon hopes of qualifying for the Qatar expedition.

During prolongations, Algeria assumed they had scored a spirited goal when striker Slimani netted from a cross on the left. Celebrations were cut short by the VAR, with the Algerian forward ruled to have handled the ball as he headed the ball in.

However, brilliant saves from Andre Onana denying Algeria victory also made the team stronger as Cameroon were playing with their backs to the wall following a 0-1 defeat in the first leg.

Cameroon, therefore, becomes the first African country to qualify for a record eight times in the FIFA World Cup. Cameroon, Senegal, Morocco, Ghana, and Tunisia are the five nations to represent Africa in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.

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AWCON 2022: Cameroon, Others Cruising To Morocco

The Cameroon lionesses clinched a spot for the Women’s African Cup of Nations to hold in Morocco. following their 8 nil dashing on the Scorpion Queens of the Gambia and a 2-1 defeat in Gambia.

Coach Gabriel Zabo’s once more demonstrated his high football skill, on Wednesday by trashing the Gambian side at the Bakau International stadium in Gambia by 2 goals to nil in their return-leg game.

The complete list of qualifiers could be seen as follows:

Burundi, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda,Senegal, Togo, Zambia, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Botswana and South Africa.

The Moroccan women’s African Soccer bonanza will see the participation of the Togolese women’s team and three others making her first appearance.

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Coach Gabriel Zabo

AWCON2022 Qualifiers: “Better Days Ahead” Gabriel Zabo

By Mbenowoh Brian

Better days lies ahead and more surprises are underway was the articulations from head coach Gabriel Zabo after the out class soccer lesson the Lionesses taught the Queen Scorpions of Gambia.

The lionesses’ tactician spoke with much glee and pride following the 8 nil win after the encounter marked by much spectacle and sensation.

“My feelings after playing a game of such magnitude is satisfactory given that we played well and had to score more goals as required at home. Mindful of the fact that my players will not be able to storm nine goals in the return-leg game in Banjul, Gambia “.

” The combination we had laid emphasis on was really a productive one, as portrayed on several angles. Also, we were chanced to have some of our foreign players coming from abroad on time for us to play together and work on an ideal game cohesion “.

” The difference between our game against the Central Africa Republic and Gambia could be assessed in the sense that it was more tougher for us to face the Central African Republic in Douala “.

Cameroon has made a strong statement in Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with a thumbing 8-0 first leg win over The Gambia in Yaoundé.

“However, our return-leg game against the Central African Republic as per my observation was satisfactory. Watching the girls play as a team, you could perceive a strong nucleus underway “.

” Talking of my game tactics against the Queen Scorpions of the Gambia, l must admit the fact that it was really laborious in the sense that we had doubled our training sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so as to build a strong team that could be able to play together and adhere to the game plan”.

Flore kameni and substitute Ngo Mbeleck each scored twice while goals from Nchout Njoya Ajara and Bella Rose, Falone Meffoumetou, and Tatiana Ewodo sealed the win for the 2016 African vice champions.

” l want to express my heartfelt gratitude to these players for the awesome performance exhibited against the Gambia.Both the old and new players had the same spirit of collaboration gearing towards the same objective”.

“From the onset our game plan was based on a 4-4-2 defensive play style. But, later on mutated for a 4-2-4 offensive tactic aimed at netting two or more goals before the first 15minutes of the game.”

“Also, focus was based on intensifying our attacking line. That is why you could find the two girls at the midfield carrying the ball upward. So conserving the ball and depriving the opponents from having a ball touch was a major preoccupation for us”.

The Lionesses dominated the entire match with Flora Kameni opening scores just two minutes into the first half. The Louves Minproff star then capped off a sensational first half with a brace at the half hour mark.

” Winning the game in a grand style was our ambition, 8 goals to nil is a good results but we need not rely on the victory. So as to forget that the return-leg game, an important encounter to give us a qualification ticket “.

“By God’s grace l hope of sitting in an AFCON as head coach of the lionesses, a dream that has been nurtured for a long while.”

” Like l tell my players quite often, you have to dream big. And dreaming entails having specific objectives. Many of you from the press had criticized my performance in the Aicha Buhari tournament, with out knowing l was nursing a seed, that was going to do well sooner.”

Nchout Ajara, the biggest problem to the Gambian almost doubled the lead but her effort came off the post.

“An had castigated me for not calling this or that player. But like l said , a team is not built in one day. My dream has always been to build a solid team that will be able to win an AFCON”.

” Pardon me for not calling this or that player, the national team’s doors are open for all no matter the ages. And l am ready to work with players willing to deliver the results.”

The win gives the Lionesses an advantage ahead of the return leg on February 23. 

Lionesses

Indomitable Lionesses Whitewash Gambia 8-0 In AFCON Qualifiers

By Etienne Mainimo

The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon have registered a convincing 8-0 over the Queen Scorpions of The Gambia in the first leg last group-qualifying match of the 2022 Women Africa Cup of Nations.

Staged at the Ahmadou Ahidjio Stadium on February 18, the Lions demonstrated their supremacy as they took the lead in qualifying for the competition program to take place in Morocco.

In a match that looked like a training session, the lionesses opened scores in the third minute through Kameni Flora. After goals from Ajara Njoya and Bella Rose, Kameni would double her goal-scoring ability before the end of the first period of the game.

Returning from the locker room with a 4-0 deficit, the scorpions had hoped to make a difference but the confident Cameroon increased their scoring sheet with a set of goals.

Gladys Tatiana and Falone Meffoumetou alongside two goals from Genevieve Ngo Mbeleck sealed Cameroons emblematic victory at the Ahmadou Ahidjio sport facility.

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon who are just away from qualifying for the 2022 Women Africa Cup of Nations will face The Gambia in a return and decisive leg in Banjul.

A win for Cameroon will permit them to join host country Morocco and Uganda alongside other countries for the 12-nation tournament.

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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.