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Cameroon progress, lioness played for peace, Biya issues instant statement

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Ajara Nchout scored a glorious 95th-minute winner to send Cameroon into the last 16, while the Netherlands secured top spot with victory over Canada.

It was a memorable match and 22 million Cameroonians including the President of the republic were thrilled with 95 minutes of football which went down the wire.

Cameroon simply needed to win to advance to the next stage and equal their best record ever in the tournament. With continental giant super falcons of Nigeria lying in wait, desperate to progress from the lioness’ weakness, there was plenty to play for at Monpeller

After an uneventful first half where both teams struggled to control the ball especially in their opponents half, the real drama was reserved for the second half of the game

An own goal from Aurelle Awona looked to have condemned the Lioness to a premature exit from the competition, canceling out Nchout’s opener.

However, Cameroon flooded players forward in the dying seconds. Nchout produced the moment of brilliance required, weaving her way past New Zealand defenders before firing her effort past Erin Nayler into the bottom corner.

“Not just the skill to beat Percival twice, but the composure to drift the ball into the far corner as Nayler came out, knowing that her country was out of the World Cup if she missed.” The Guardian reported

Alain Djeumfa’s side was the better team this afternoon and deserve its place in the next round of the competition, which is secured thanks to its win along with their good disciplinary record. New Zealand didn’t have enough in the contest, and although it will be disappointed to lose in that manner, it didn’t deserve to continue at the expense of Cameroon.

Shortly after the game in a post-match interview, match winner Nchout Ajara said they played and gave their all for the people of Cameroon and for peace in Cameroon, a dedication to the crisis stricken Anglophone regions which has killed many as secessionist fight for autonomous state of Ambazonia.

Her compassionate statement in front of the world stage immediately won more hearts for the female lions, with many taking to social media to congratulate the girls and thank the super star for thinking of Cameroonians west of the Mungo during these trying times.

The heroics from the female lions won the hearts of many including the commander in chief who took to twitter to congratulate the girls saying “Congratulations to the Indomitable Lionesses! You have been heroic. I am with you wholeheartedly.”

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UNACCEPTABLE: FECAFOOT president sacks entire coaching staff of U17 lions

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FECAFOOT president has sacked the entire coaching staff of U17 lions after a disgraceful performance in Brazil

The communique dismissing Thomas Libih and team was signed today November 6th 2019

The U17 lions left Brazil with zero (0) points after three matches and were bundled out at the group stages. They went to Brazil as African champions

The baby lions were in group E alongside  Tajiskitan, Spain and Argentina

Communique dismissing U17 coaching staff by FECAFOOT President

Communique dismissing U17 coaching staff by FECAFOOT President

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AFCON 2021: CAF gives Cameroon 6 months ultimatum

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The Confederation of African Football CAF has issued an ultimatum to government of Cameroon vis sa vis the hosting of the 2021 AFCON

The continent’s football body says Cameroon will have a maximum of six (6) moths to complete its infrastructure or risk losing its hosting rights again for the continental showpiece.

The statement issued yesterday November 4th 2019 comes after multiple delays in the execution of necessary infrastructure needed for the 2021 tournament.

The statement comes 19 months ahead of the tournament in June 2021 which Cameroon initially lost its hosting rights in 2019 to Egypt due to lack of infrastructure.

Major infrastructure like roads, stadia and hospitals required for the tournament which was suppose to have taken place in June 2019 are still to be completed around the country.

The 2021 rendezvous is the last chance for authorities in the country to get it right or risk losing the hosting rights to a waiting Algeria.

Like months medaling to June 2019 rendezvous, Cameroon government continues to insist that the country will be ready for the 2021 tournament

Many had blamed corruption and inertia for inability to host the tournament which was given to Egypt five months ago.

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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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