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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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“My Objective Is To Take FC Saint Éloi Lupopo To The Continental Level” – Fernando Bongnyang

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

Tall, strong, and ball-winning are just a few words that describe Fernando Bongnyang Dzekem. He might be out of the scene for a while now, especially from the Cameroon public but Bongnyang, as he is commonly called, has gradually paved his way into the football history in and out of Cameroon.

In a chat with the central defender who plays for FC Saint Eloi Lupopo in Congo, Bongnyang said he is more committed than ever before to taking his team, FC Saint Éloi Lupopo to another level. Going by the central defender, his objective is to take his team play in the continental level.

“My objective with my team is just very simple; my objective is to take my team to play at the continental level. As a player, I want to see that my team play either the champions CAF Champions League or the Confederation Cup. That is the pride of any African team.”

“I am convinced that if we qualify and get to that level, we are going to make everyone proud because we are a determined side. We have the spirit and I will add my hard work to see that we attained that level,” he added.

The 1.85m central defender who is also a defensive midfielder is said to have joined FC Saint Eloi Lupopo from Tout Puissant Mazembe, TPM in 2021.

FC Saint Eloi Lupopo is currently occupying the third position with 40 points in the general classification table of the 2021/22 Super Liga República del Congo. TPM is first on the table with 45 points followed by AS Vitam with 40 points.

The Player Fernando Bongnyang Dzekem

The story of Fernando Bongnyang Dzekem dates back to his time at the Brasseries Football School of Cameroon. His remarkable four-year stay in the academy gave him the leeway to earn a two-year contract with PWD of Bamenda.

After a two-year stay with the Bamenda-based club, Bongnyang settled again for another regional side, Bali United FC. The going was smooth until they qualified to play the national inter-pools in Garoua but shortly after that, he joined Yong Sports Academy, YOSA.

His four-year stay with YOSA earned him a Cup of Cameroon trophy thanks to the last goal he scored against Canon FC in 2013.

His performance got the attention of Coton Sport of Garoua who immediately got his bags to settle for the club. Joining the club in 2014, he won the Cup of Cameroon and subsequently became league champions with the Garoua club.

However, in 2015/2016, Bongnyang was selected into the Intermediate Lions to represent Cameroon in the CEMAC Football Competition that was held in Equatorial Guinea. As a captain of the team, he alongside his teammates defended the country with pride and honour.

In 2017, he moved over to Tout Puissant Mazembe, TPM, de Lubumbashi in Congo, one of the most successful club in that country, after a stay with TPM, he was contacted on loan to Cercle Sportif Don Bosco FC where he captained the team.

Returning from Don Bosco FC, he joined the current squad of Tout Puissant Mazembe where he played only 481 minutes in seven matches, including six as a starter.

In 2021 following the expiry of his two-season contract on June 30, Bongnyang parted ways with the club. In the meantime, F.C Saint Eloi Lupopo found his services useful and is currently on their list. Injury might have prevented him from fully displaying his skills but he said to be up for the challenge that lies ahead.

Nevertheless, the greatest pride and honour he is looking for is to represent his Country in Cameroon in subsequent competitions if he is given the opportunity.

“I am looking forward to the day when I will be called up to represent my country, Cameroon at the senior level. That, I know, I will happily play with pride and honour given that, that has always been my dream,” he pointed out.

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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.


AFCON 2021: Stallion’s Captain Confident Of Victory At Opener

By Etienne Mainimo

The captain of the Burkina Faso senior football team, Bertrand Troare says, they are confident of grabbing a victory when they take on host Cameroon in the opening match of the Cameroon 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON on January 9.

In a pre-match press conference, Bertrand Troare stressed that the most important thing is to stay focused, uphold the same fighting spirit they had during the World Cup qualifying campaign. During the press conference was also the Deputy Coach, Firmin Sanou.

“…Tomorrow’s games would be different from the one we played with Algeria because we are playing against the host country. The most important thing is to stay focused in our game and show the same fighting spirit displayed during the World Cup qualifying campaign,” he said.

He added, “I think everything will be fine and I have full confidence in the team and we ready to show we are here to do something and get something. We are going to show that tomorrow.”

Burkina Faso will confront Cameroon in the opening game of the 2021 AFCON that begins on Sunday January 9 to February 6, 2022.

President Paul Biya would take the front seat at the 60,000 seater Olembe Stadium and fans are upbeat Cameroon does not lose their home games.

Many have gotten their Covid-19 tests and tickets ready for the encounter tomorrow.

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Can Cameroon Host And Win? Check Out Seven Countries That Hosted And Won AFCON

By Mboh Mbenowoh

The January 9, 2022, Africa Cup of Nations slated for Cameroon is within sight now with all the 24 countries dreaming to take home to cup.

Cameroon, who are the hosts, will hope to use home advantage and support to garner their sixth in history and keep the pressure on ousting the record Champions, Egypt who are on seven.

Only seven countries have utilized their home advantage to win the competition in its 65-year history.

Whereas some have hosted and won the AFCON on multiple occasions, others have won it once for the time they were home.

The Egyptian national team who are the most successful nation in the history of the tournament, winning it seven times have won it on home soil thrice. 

The Pharaohs won it in 1959, 1986 and 2006 when they were hosts. Their first AFCON triumph at home came in 1959 when Egypt was united with Syria as the United Arab Republic.

In the 1986 AFCON, Egypt won it after beating Cameroon on penalty kicks in the final. Egypt hosted it again in 2006 for the third time and won their fifth championship.

They were unable to lift the trophy in 2019 when they hosted the tournament, as they suffered elimination at the hands of South Africa in the round of 16.

 Ethiopia, in 1962, won the third edition of the AFCON and also the first and only one in their history. It was still during the early years of the tournament, and only four teams took part. 

Egypt, Ethiopia, Tunisia, and Uganda all played in the competition, which Ethiopia won on their soil. The Walia Ibex beat Egypt in the final after two extra-time goals.

The Black Stars of Ghana have hosted the AFCON four times but have emerged winners on two occasions (1963 and 1978). 

They hosted and won the fourth edition of the Cup after beating Sudan 3-0 in 1963. Further, in 1978, it was staged in Ghana, and the hosts clinched the trophy, beating Uganda 2-0 in the final.

They did not win it when they co-hosted with Nigeria in 2000 and when they hosted in 2008. Meanwhile, Nigeria’s first AFCON triumph came when they hosted the tournament in 1980.

In the final, Nigeria defeated Algeria 3-0 to lift the prestigious trophy. However, when they co-hosted the tournament with Ghana in 2000, they lost to Cameroon in the final.

Like Nigeria, Algeria also won their first AFCON at home when they defeated the former in the final 1–0 in 1990.

That was the last time Algeria hosted it, but not the only time they won the competition. The Desert Warriors claimed their second Cup in 2019 and are currently the defending champions, going into the 2021 edition.

On the other hand, South Africa won their only AFCON trophy in 1996 when they were hosts.  That year marked the first time the competition was expanded to 16 teams.

Bafana Bafana defeated Tunisia 2-0 in the final. However, when they hosted in 2013, they were not victorious.

To cap, Tunisia also won their only AFCON when they hosted it in 2004. They had previously hosted the tournament twice in 1965 and 1994 but did not win on either occasions.

They finally won in 2004, which was the 24th edition, seeing off Morocco 2-1 in the final.

Fingers crossed about whether Cameroon will be the eighth nation to take the Cup, albeit, on home soil especially with the crowds cheering them on all the occasions they will step foot on the pitch.

Group A: Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cape Verde

Group B: Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Malawi

Group C: Morocco, Ghana, Comoros, Gabon

Group D: Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau

Group E: Algeria, Sierra-Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire

Group F: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia Morocco

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Eto’o Fils, Incoming Fecafoot President Invites Opponents To Join Him

By Brian Mboh

Samuel Eto’o Fils, Football Legend, Former Cameroon captain, four time African Player of the year, has been elected as the 17th president of the Cameroon Football Federation, after an interesting politicking and electioneering.

He defeated out going Seidou Mbombo Njoya by 43 to 31 votes following coalitions that reduced the list of seven candidates to two.

In his first speech as president, Samuel Eto’o Fils said, “Thanks for making me the 17th president of Fecafoot, I measure the honour and the task ahead. By this vote, delegates have given a chance to accord Cameroon football greatness. To those who gave me their vote, I vow to keep my promise, so that the Cameroon flag can fly high in international competitions. I respect the delegates who did not vote for me and extend a hand of fellowship to integrate our project. I have taken the engagement to assemble the football family. You know me I always keep my promise. Seidou Mbombo Njoya, you gave your best, I hail your commitment and love for our sport. I thanked the authorities for the care facilitation during campaigns and election. To football lovers, this December 11 is a great day for Cameroon football, we are opening a new page on our sports history”.

Meanwhile, the newly elected Fecafoot boss, Samuel Eto’o after a long Fecafoot General Assembly that started Saturday 11, rounded in the wee hours of Sunday 12 morning by 3:00am with the presentation of the new executive bureau to handle the new activities of the 1959 created FA.

The newly elected Fecafoot executive bureau and members is constituted of the following football actors ;

President : Samuel Eto’o, 1st Vice présidente:Céline Eko; 2nd Vice President Boubakari Bello; 3rd Vice President,Arthur Djampir; 4th Vice-President,Junior Njalla Quan.

The other executive Bureau members are; Abbo Mohamadou, Soleil Roger Nyassa Nyassa, Yoki Onana, Guibaï Gatama, Stéphane Foko Kamga, Daniel Mongue Nyamsi Joseph, Norbert Kouedjou, Safia Kwemo and Nkou Mvondo.

The newly elected FA boss is one of the few former footballer to have been at the helm of Fecafoot after Owona Pascal Babylon.

Samuel Eto’o has the Herculean tasks to uplift the status of the Cameroonian football, ameliorate players welfare, construct stadia and bring together the sports actors on a common platform.

Congratulatory messages pour from opponents and from well-wishers around the world.

outgoing president Seidou Mbombo Njoya was one of the first to congratulate the new president in a tweet.

One of the fore-runners of the Fecafoot presidential election at Fecafoot Zacharie Wandja, extended warm words of gratitude to Samuel Eto’o after the 43 to 31 edge against incumbent candidate Seidou Mbombo Njoya.

Zacharie Wandja echoed, “I want congratulate my young son Samuel Eto’o for his brilliant win this afternoon. I urge him to stay focused and reflect on the state of our football”.

” I know the task will be a huge one. But, Samuel and his closest collaborators have got all it takes to change the Cameroonian game. “

Among the many well-wishers, Didier Drogba has congratulated Samuel Eto’o Fils.

Saturday 11 elections win by Eto’o came on the hills of a coalition with with Maboang Kessack, Nyamsi Crepin and Jules, Tagouh. Meanwhile, Denis Onana and Zacharie Wandja came in coalition with the incumbent Seidou Mbombo Njoya.

Samuel Eto’o becomes the youngest and 17th President of Fecafoot at 40, and hopes to make the Cameroonian football community proud.

Barely a month to the 33rd edition of TotalEnergies AFCON 2021 Eto’o is expected to complete preparations to the hosting of the continental soccer show piece.


AFCON 2021: Olembe May Not Host Opening Match, See Why

The Confederation of African Football, Caf, has threatened to move the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2021, from the 60-seater Olembe stadium. 

Cameroon is preparing to welcome 24 teams during the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations from January 9 to February 6, 2022 in six host sites. 

“Regarding the Olembe stadium, you should know that if everything is not settled by November 30, 2021, the opening match will take place elsewhere. Arrangements have been made in this direction, and it would be unfortunate for the Organising Committee, CAF, and Cameroon. I trust that you will cooperate effectively to ensure that the above deadline and others are met. We are available to arrange a video conference if necessary”, Veron Mosengo-Omba, Caf Secretary General writes to the president of the local organizing committee, COCAN.

Here is why CAF wants to move the venue of the opening game. 

Barely 50 days to the start of the continental football jamboree, photo reports indicate that work does not seem to progress at Olembe since the last CAF visit on October 22, 2021. 

The outer perimeter fence is yet to be installed, so the African football body has urged the local organizing committee to ensure this is done by December 10, 2021. Also, CAF has asked COCAN to put in place a stadium management team.

CAF says the turf maintenance programme remains inconsistent to date. 

Olembe is not the only stadium posing a problem to COCAN. 

The Bangou site is impracticable, even for training sessions, and the work is unfinished, Caf unveiled. The football body has promised to send a professional pitch maintenance team this week to carry out the necessary work.

Covid-19 Protocol 

CAF is worried that Cameroon does not have a national database indicating the requirements for the stadium attendance within the framework of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic (maximum number of spectators, sanitary rules, etc.).

To Caf, without the basics, the body cannot specify its arrangements which will still have to be validated by its medical committee and the operational teams before the start of ticket sales scheduled from December 1, 2021. 

CAF is not happy that the local organizing committee launched the recruitment of volunteers without their approval. Also, the football body frowns at the Logo misuse and low-quality designs without Caf approval. 

There are other exigencies such as facilitation for custom clearance for Caf goods and equipment which COCAN has not yet communicated to Caf.

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Mozambique-Cameroon: Reason Lions Are Still In Cameroon

The Indomitable Lions are still in Douala-Cameroon 24 hours to their return leg match against Mozambique in Tanger- Morocco counting for day four of the Fifa World Cup qualifiers, Qatar 2022.

Cameroon in the first leg humbled Mozambique 3-1 and are second in Group D with six points.

The Lions in their initial plan were to leave for Tanger yesterday at 2: 00pm, they had a call that the flight was delayed till evening 9:00pm.

Then, another flight was again rescheduled for this Sunday October 10 and the Lions are set to leave by 6: 00pm.

 “The company in charge of our flight called us an hour before our departure for the airport to tell us that there would be delay. A health problem linked to covid-19 for the crew and that the flight had to be postponed”, the Coordinator of the team, Bill Tchato said.

The company in question is CamairCo which for some years has been suffering for mismanagement, few planes relying on hire.

The team however trained yesterday and today and may just arrive Morocco just in time for the game.

Reports say Lions rejected a second flight, which apparently was not comfortable.

There are suggestions of a conflict between the federation and the sports ministry on the management of the team.
The Return leg Mozambique 🇲🇿-Cameroon is set for 2:00pm October 11 in Tanger- Morocco 🇲🇦. 

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TotalEnergies Afcon Draw Spiced With Cultural Colour

By Etienne Mainimo

Cameroon on August 17 organized what many have described as one of the best Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON draw.

Gathered from West to East, North to the South, dignitaries from Africa and beyond witnessed a beautiful cultural display from, Cameroon, African in miniature.

Musical displays from some top stars in the country like Salatiel welcomed football icons and legends who stayed glued to the artistic display from the ten regions of Cameroon.

Cameroon will organised the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations from January 9 to February 6, 2022. This will be the the second time Cameroon will be hosting the competition after 1972.

Cameroon, on the Gulf of Guinea, is a Central African country of varied terrain and wildlife.

Host Cameroon, to play against Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cape Verde

Host Country, Cameroon have been drawn in Group A of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON to take place from January 9 to February 6, 2022.

5th time African Champion, Cameroon will confront Burkina Faso in their opening game before locking horns with Ethiopia and Cape Verde.

Event though many say, Cameroon has been housed in a group which is not strong, some say Cameroon need to be careful because smaller football nations are becoming powerful.

TotalEnergies Cameroon 2021 will be staged in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2021.

Meanwhile CAF, President, Patrice Motsepe said, the African Football body is working with partners to see that the price money of the Africa Cup of Nations is increased.

Patrice Motsepe made the declaration in Yaounde during the TotalEnergies 2021 Cameroon AFCON draws on August 17.

According to Motsepe, CAF is working towards eliminating the issues that are often seen in some federations in the continent.

Going by the President, the world has to know that Africa is a continent full of spectacle.

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Totalenergies AFCON, Cameroon 2021: Cameroonians Await Draw With Assorted Opinions

BY Etienne Mainimo

In less than 72 hours, different nations expected to take part in the TotalEnergies African Cup of Nations, AFCON Cameroon 2021 will know their opponents when the draws are conducted in Cameroon’s capital city, Yaounde.

Scheduled to take place on August 17, the 24 participating teams will be divided into six groups of four teams each. Ahead of the draws, tongues are waging at various joints across the city.

From drinking spots to some play-grounds in the neighbourhood, everyone is anxious to see which team will play against Cameroon in the upcoming AFCON.

“I am really very anxious to see which teams will be placed to play against Cameroon but I have the fear that Cameroon is going to have a very difficult group. All the teams to participate are not small team and foreseeing my country to be in a tough group,” James Bondi said.

To Edwin, “Cameroon is going to have a good opponents and I have the strong believe that we are going to go far in the competition. I will not be happy to see some of the big football names like Egypt and others in Cameroon’s group. Let us meet them in the second round.”

In a drinking spot, Stella says, “Let us wait and see what will happen on Tuesdays. We love to see our country in a good group but whatever comes out; we will accept it and deal with squarely. We are Cameroonians and noting is impossible.”

In the meantime, 24 qualified teams including host Cameroon will be allocated to four pots of six teams each, based on the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

The top four teams will be allocated to Pot 1 along with the hosts, Cameroon and title holders Algeria. The remaining 18 teams will be allocated to the three remaining pots.

Host, Cameroon will be pre-assigned to position A1. The remaining five teams in pot 1 will automatically be drawn into position one of each group.

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FIFA-CAF hold Cameroon By The Balls, Other Facts About Fecafoot Extra-Ordinary General Assembly

FIFA and CAF indicated they would report Cameroon to the right quarters should government go ahead to stop Fecafoot meeting set for July 13.

A joint letter from the Secretaries General of the continental and World bodies changed things immediately.

Mamadi Mahamat the DO of Yaounde II who has sent out a suspension notice for Fecfafoot meeting indicating the forces of law and order were to take action, made a u-turn to authorize the meeting.

Sports Minister, Kombi Mouelle who expressed indignation at the meeting because it did not respect the laws of the country, the spirit and letter of CAS decision and the federation statutes also had to bow to FIFA and CAF order.

Sports minister however has indicated that while they have taken note of the FIFA-CAF letter, he wished that the said meeting and election process be conducted in legality, respect of public order, spirit of consensus and assembly.

The Court of Arbitration for Sports, CAS, declared the Seidou Mbombo Njoya executive elected in 2019 illegal in January 2021, but authorized FIFA to maintain them to carry out the elections at the federation.

It should be noted that the members of the 2009 executive are eligible to vote according to CAS decision.