Lions 2023

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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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.

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…

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AFCON 2021:Cameroon Vs Ethiopia, A Match Of Stakes

By Etienne Mainimo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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