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From the Basketball Court to the library: Ifose Emile Mbella takes sports to a whole new level

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Revered basketballer and one of the country’s finest Ifose Emile Mbella is taking basketball to a whole new level in Cameroon. The soft spoken, calm and humble Mbella who started his career in 1992 at the age of 16 is a pride of his region and indeed the country.

It might not be the favorite sports in the country, but the father of four has played and lived basketball all his live and, accumulating national and international honours as he makes the country proud.

In his book titled “Basic skills in basketball; a practical approach, Coach Mbella as he is fondly called in an exclusive interview with TeboPost, said coaching for him is changing lives.

The 13 chapter book is aimed to serve as a bridge between the theory and the practical in basketball.

In a country like ours (Cameroon) where qualified basketball coaches are almost always absent in the various regions and towns, it is time to bring a write – up to assist build the capacity of those who assist to train our kids.

After a successful career on the Basketball Court, Coach Mbella is taking his knowledge to the library to empower young people and create a sense of purpose on them especially within our local context.

The affilate of the most International Basketball Camp’s, passion for Basketball has taken him through some national and international courses for Basketball. International Trainer Course – ITK, University of Leipzig (2013/2014), International Basketball Coaches Academy, Athletes in Action – AIA – Xenia-Ohio, USA (2014),  International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Programme – ICECP, University of Delaware, USA, Olympic Solidarity and United State Olympic Committee at the USA and Switzerland (2015/2016).

He told me that he has read many books about basketball but is yet to read a book written by a Cameroonian for Cameroonian.

Squeezed on what were his motivations, he says he was motivated to write the book because for him it’s not about putting the ball in the basket but youths needs a particular formation as sportsmen with a unique mindset which is what he is advocating in his book especially as the crisis faces an unprecedented.

He also adds that the book will serves as a guide to teachers of the sports, to better prepare them to train young Cameroonian basketballs and enable the country to be one of the best in the game in the continent.

Talking about the basketball in the country, the Revered basketballer says “we have the best athletes but confused training landscape with outdated knowledge” a daring response to the struggling basketball terrain in the country.

IFOSE Emile MBELLA  is a Senior Youth and Action Counselor (SYAC) from the National Institute of Youths and Sports, NIYS – Yaoundé. He is Vice President i/c Sports and Animation at the Catholic University Institute of Buea (CUIB). The men’s Head Coach and Senior Youth and Action Counselor (SYAC), Department of Students Affirs University of Buea. President South West Regional League of Basketball (FECABASKET). He is currently a postgraduate student in Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education of the University of Buea.

Coach Mbella is known for his great contributions in the promotion of other sporting disciples apart from Basketball in the South West Region. He also organized the first ever edition of South West basketball camp in 2016

Listen to the full interview here

Contact Ifose Emile Mbella for order of the book by email: ivanhoh2@yahoo.com

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Cameroon plays a barren draw with Tunisia under new coach

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Toni Conceicao began his reign as Cameroon coach with a goalless draw against Tunisia on Saturday evening at Stade Olympique de Rades.

The Carthage Eagles were preparing for the African Nations Championship qualifier against Libya and new coach Mondher Kebaier did not include experienced midfielders, Wabhi Khazri and Anice Badri.

Unlike Conceicao, Kebaier had already presided over two games since replacing French coach Alain Giresse, who led Tunisia to fourth place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations – edging Mauritania 1-0 in his first game in charge but lost 2-1 to Ivory Coast in back-to-back friendlies in September.

A little unknown Portuguese coach Conceicao succeeded Dutch legend Clarence Seerdof after a lackluster campaign at the 2019 Afcon finals, where they were booted out in the last 16 stage by Nigeria as defending champions of the tournament.

Conceicao made wholesale changes in his team, only keeping notable strikers Karl Toko Ekambi and Bassogog from the 2019 Afcon campaign.

The first stanza did not have much of the action in the last third for both sides but Tunisia were forced to make a substitution towards the end of the first half, as Ghilane Chaalali could not continue and he was replaced by Aymen Mohamed.

The Indomitable Lions were fired up after the break and they were awarded a penalty on the hour-mark, however Bassagog could not break the deadlock as he fired his spot-kick high and wide.

The sides made numerous substitutions in the latter phase of the game, which contributed to the lack of momentum and in the end the encounter ended all square.

Tunisia will take on Libya next week Friday in the CHAN first round, before opening their 2021 Afcon qualifiers campaign in Group J against the same opponent in November.

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Toni Conceçaio appointed as new coach of Indomitable Lions

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Cameroon sports minister has appointed Portuguese-born Antonio Conceição da Silva Oliveira as the new head coach of the Indomitable Lions.

He was appointed on Friday September 20 by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education who said it is the accomplishment of a rigorous process.

The 57-year old Toni Conceicaio will be assisted by François Omam Biyik and Jacques Songo’o as goalkeepers’ trainer.

Toni Conceiçaio replaces Clarence Seedorf who was sacked after a dismal performance at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations where Cameroon were knocked

In the same light, the Minister of Sports and Physical Education Narcisse Mouelle Kombi appointed Clement Arroga as the head coach of the Intermediate Lions while Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso will be his assistant

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Cameroon footballer star makes headline for his performance in bed in a leaked sex video

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It’s a video which has shocked many and kept millions of his followers talking on social media, football star Clinton Njie wakes up to a new reality as his sex video, leaked to the public goes viral barely a week after signing a new contract with a Russian club Dynamo Moscow  in a bit to revitalize his ailing career.

The leaked video shows the former Marseille man with a lady many claimed to be a Nigerian model performing oral sex in a hotel room has generated a scandal which has rocked social media and hurt his image at home.

Neither Clinton nor his management is yet to officially make a statement with respect to the ravaging video.

The Russia bound striker who took part in the just ended AFCON 2019 in Egypt with the country’s national team was one of the standout performers of the team which exited the competition disgracefully in the rounds of 16

Clinton had been suffering from a struggling career after major injury spells meant he had to struggle for game time in his former clubs.

In June 2018, the country’s football management body FECAFOOT issued a query to the player for allegedly bringing a girl in their hotel room before a pre AFCON friendly against Burkina Faso

Clinton Mua N’Jie is a Cameroonian professional footballer who currently plays for Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Premier League and the Cameroon national team. He spent most of his career in Ligue 1 with Lyon and Marseille, with a brief spell at Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League inbetween.

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