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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Women’s AFCON: Cameroon To Face Gambia In Last Qualifiers

By Etienne Mainimo

The Lionesses of Cameroon will confront the Scorpions of the Gambia in the second and final qualifying round for the TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco 2022.

According to the fixtures released by the Confederation of African Football, CAF, Cameroon will face the Gambia on February 18 at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yaounde.

The second leg will take place between February 21 to 23. Cameroon is expected to play against Gambia at the Independence Stadium de Bakau in Gambia.

Cameroon had qualified for the second round of the qualifiers after thrashing the Central African Republic 3-0 on an aggregate score in home and away fixtures. On their part, The Gambia qualified after overpowering Sierra Leone.

After Kenya’s withdrawal, Uganda officially join hosts Morocco for the final twelve-team tournament. CAF Executive Committee announced Morocco as hosts on 15 January 2021. The biennial competition is expected to take place from July 2 – 23, 2022.

The 2020 edition, which would have been the first to feature twelve teams, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The top four teams from the tournament will qualify for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and two more teams will advance to the inter-confederation play-offs.

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Coach 2021: Not Afraid, We Will Play To The Fullest – Gambia

By Etienne Mainimo

The coach of the Gambian national team, Tom Saintfiet says they are not afraid of Cameroon but will play the match to the fullest.

Tom Saintfiet made the statement during a pre-match press conference in Douala on January 28 as the team looks forward to clash against Cameroon in one of the quarter-finals of the on-going TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON in Cameroon.

Gambia coach while reiterated that Cameroon remains a big favorite towards the podium said, “I give my team a 20 percent chance. But we are used to it and since I took office, it has always been the case.”

“We had to fight against stronger teams than us and we managed to get by. Against Cameroon, we will not be afraid; we will play to the fullest. It’s a bonus match,” he added.

allow Ablie, midfielder stated, “We will play our game with the firm intention of going through.”

Debutants Gambia face Cameroon hosts in an exceptional quarterfinal that promises a lot of excitement on Saturday January 29 at the Japoma Stadium in Douala.

Cameroon Coach Antonio Conceicao

AFCON 2021: “Against Gambia, The Objective Is To Win” – Cameroon Coach

By Etienne Mainimo

Cameroon coach, Antonio Conceiçao has made it clear that when the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon meet the Gambia in the quarter-final match scheduled for Saturday, January 29 in Douala, the only objective will be to harvest victory.

Speaking at a pre-match press conference, Conceiçao even though the Gambians will put the Cameroon team in great difficulties like they did with their previous opponents, they will work towards victory which is guaranteed.

“We’ll do everything to win this game. We know that the Gambians will put us in great difficulties like they did with their previous opponents. They are a quality team as they work as a block. I know they will play low and do counter attacks,” Conceiçao said.

“…Against Gambia, the objective is to win. We are a playful team that likes to take the game on its own. Against us. there will be a team that defends well and has 5-6 high-quality attacking players. Everything is possible even if we only consider victory,” he added.

Jean Charles Castelleto Cameroon’s defender who attended the presser maintained, “…We have had a good run so far and against Gambia, the objective remains victory. We will play against a good team.”

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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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Host Not Involved In COVID-19 Tests Results – Samuel Eto’o

By Etienne Mainimo

The President of the Cameroon Football Federation, Samuel Eto’o has said, Cameroon, the organizing country of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON is not involved in the results of COVID-19 tests as well as contaminations detected and counted within the participating teams.

Speaking over Canal+ Tv live from Yaounde and answering questions related to Japoma Stadium, COVID-19 tests in the Comoros team and cheating; Eto’o said, without exception, players of the Indomitable Lions are tested daily to ensure that they are up to date.

According to Eto’o, the Confederation of African Football, CAF is the organizer of the competition and the only guarantor of compliance with the rules of the competition and it is up to them to clarify the misunderstandings that persist.

“The Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT has taken special measures to ensure that the players of the Cameroon National Team are protected from COVID-19 contamination. Players of the indomitable Lions are tested daily and any body, without exception, wishing to come into contact with the national selection, must present a negative PCR test of at least 48 hours and a negative antigenic RDT of at least 24 hours.

Among other things, he stressed that, “It is important to remind the public opinion that the COVID -19 tests of the teams taking part during this AFCON are carried out by an independent firm chosen by CAF. The organizing country is not involved in the results of these tests and is not concerned by the contaminations detected and counted within the participating teams.

He also reiterated that, “Cameroon is a great soccer country with five AFCON trophies and seven participations in the World Cup, six Cameroonian golden balls, not to mention the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. All this was won in all transparency, without cheating. Cheating does not exist in the DNA of Cameroonian soccer…

Concerning the Japoma Stadium, Eto’o said, “the stadium is a very beautiful arena that meets international standards…Every African should be proud of this beautiful building which is next to the most beautiful stadiums in the world.”

Lions against Gambia

Cameroon Vs Gambia, Another Historic Match For Debutants

By Etienne Mainimo

The show down between the host of the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2021, Cameroon and debutants, Gambia is promising to be historic given that the two countries will be meeting for the third time.

In two previous encounters at the qualifiers of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon had emerged victorious in the home and away games thrashing them three nil aggregate.

But between 2016 and 2022, a lot has changed and a lot is still changing. Qualified for their very first AFCON, Gambia is turning every obstacle into a solution.

Their recent outstanding performance especially against Tunisia and Mauritania in the group stage and conjuring Guinea in the 16th finals is a major strive for The Scorpions who are looking forward in winning their fourth game.

Coach Tom Saintfiet and boys are working hard to over power host nation, Cameroon whom since the beginning of the competition have continued to enjoy home support.

So far, the attacking machinery of the lions seems to be in fine form scorning nine goals and conceding four.

This may be an added advantage to the Lions facing the opponents next Saturday January 29 but they would have be very careful and quickly repair their shattered defence if they want to neutralise the Gambians.

The recent output of the Lions has not been very consistent and admired by its fans but overpowering Gambia and booking their ticket for the semi-finals is a possible issue if they ameliorate their tactics.

On paper, Cameroon are the favourites but Gambia have been one of the surprise parcels of the tournament.

Despite being neophytes, they have remained a point of attraction, a key reason they have had a sturdy defense that has kept five clean sheets in their last seven matches.

But Saturday has the last word…