In Egypt, they have Mo Salah, unarguably Africa’s finest player at the moment. The Egyptian football king is coming to the AFCON fresh from a massively successive season with premier league club Liverpool where he won the European champions league and narrowly missed out on winning the premier league.
Salah was a cornerstone to that success, winning the premier league golden boot with 22 goals alongside Senegalese’s Sadio Mane and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and scoring the opening goal in their 2 nil demolition of Tottenham at the finals of Europe’s elite club competition.
Barely hours to the start of the continents Bonanza, host Egypt are confident they are the team to beat and given their recent form, massive home support and the quality of their players, why won’t they believe?
“We are the favorites to win the 2019 Africa Cup,” said 60-year-old coach Javier Aguirre today Thursday 20th June 2019.
“Egypt is playing at home, can count on passionate support and have Mohamed Salah, the best footballer in Africa. “ The confident Aguirre said ahead of their opening match to kick start the biennial competition in the Egyptian capital Cairo
Aguirre also dismissed the view that Egypt relies too heavily on Salah, saying: “We have selected 23 footballers who are totally committed to the cause of winning the Cup of Nations.
“It is impossible for one footballer to win a Cup of Nations on his own. Mohamed will receive tremendous support from his teammates.
But as Egypt prepares to lift the enlarged AFCON a record 8 times, lying in wait is another African giant Cameroon.
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon might not boost players of the quality of Mohamed Salah but writing the Central Africans off will be at the Egyptians’ peril
Clarence Seedorf’s squad can boost a strong pedigree of its own with Ajax sensation Onana on the goal and PSG’s Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting leading the frontline alongside 2017 player of the tournament Christian Basogog, the squad which has close to a dozen members of the 2017 title-winning campaign has what it takes to punish any potential opponent at AFCON on any given day.
The five-times AFCON winners of the continent’s most curveted football prize will be eager to defend their title in Egypt and once again prove to the pharaohs that last year’s 2:1 win at the final in Gabon was not a one-off.
Head coach Clarence Seedorf had sent a very stern message to all opponents in mid-week saying, there will be “no easy time against us” setting the stage of a potential showdown in the North African nation
Toni Conceçaio appointed as new coach of Indomitable Lions
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
Cameroon footballer star makes headline for his performance in bed in a leaked sex video
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.
Cameroon progress, lioness played for peace, Biya issues instant statement
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.”
Bravo les Lionnes Indomptables !
Vous avez été héroïques.
Je suis de tout cœur avec vous.
Congratulations to the Indomitable Lionesses !
You have been heroic.
I am with you wholeheartedly.#FIFAWWC #DareToShine #AllezLesLionnes #Cameroun#Cameroon#PaulBiya
— President Paul BIYA (@PR_Paul_BIYA) June 20, 2019
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