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.
Diamond Platinum and Eto’o to build a sport academy in Tanzania
Tanzania celebrated musician Nasib Abdul a.k.a Diamond Platnumz has said that he is in talks with International football star, Cameroonian footballer Samuel Eto’o to build a football academy in Tanzania.
According to the report by Daily News the megastar recently performed at the CAF awards gala that got Fifa boss Gianni Infatino on the dance floor among football stars.
Diamond said he has been in talks with Eto’o for a long time now, interested in establishing a lucrative football club since the east African nation has potential football players.
Diamond is quoted to say “In the past, I though that venturing in sports business was not profitable but now I see that it is beneficial.. In the near future? I will have my own team which already is trading in the Mainland Premier League because I do not want to start from the scratch.”
The musician didn’t not give a time frame to the project but hwta is clear is that he will be buying an existing club or established player.
Never-ready Cameroon on edge as shifting Ahmad comes visiting
CAF’s Ahmad is Leading a huge delegation to Cameroon
The President of CAF, Ahmad is leading a huge delegation of experts and football icons including son of the soil Samuel Eto’o Fils to Cameroon for a three days official inspection visit
The visit by the CAF boss is related to the country’s hosting of CHAN 2020 and CAN 2021.
The laters future is in doubt following a change of date from June to January 2021 to avoid the raining seasons in the west AFRICAN nation
According to a communique from sports minister, an important decision will be made after the visit
The visit of the CAF boss and a group of experts has sparked fears that the country might lose the AFCON 2021 hosting rights again as construction works are still ongoing in some hosting cities despite being just 12 months away from the tournament.
Cameroon lost the AFCON 2019 hosting rights to Egypt at the 11th hour after the continents footbal body decided the country was not ready to host the tournament. At the time, the CAF boss even said the country might not be ready even in the next five years.
The decision came barely weeks after Ahmad had flown to Cameroon in a private jet with Eto’o ahead of October 2018 Presidential polls to assure Cameroonians that AFCON 2019 was theirs to lose.
Cameroon however avoided being punished by CAF for failing to host the tournament as the internal rules of the organization states, they were rather handed the 2021 hosting rights which was originally given to Ivory Coast to the shagrin of the Drogba’s homeland.
Authorities in Yaounde and many other Cameroonians will be hoping this visit by CAF delegation brings good tidings and ensures the country host the two biggest football tournaments in the continent.
The biennial showpiece has been the center piece of President Biya’s legacy.
Never-ready Cameroon risk losing AFCON…again as CAF considers change of date
The President of the Confederation of AFRICAN Football CAF says the continent’s football body is considering changing the date of the tournament.
The tournament which Ahmad moved from January to June recently might be be brought back to January or February according to goal.com
The AFCON boss says the climatic condition in Cameroon might not Favour the tournament in June 2021 as was the case in Egypt 2019.
His critics however say the President is suffering from his own mistakes and administrative arrogance when he initially moved the tournament to June despite massive calls for him not to do so.
Many also say the idea about climatic condition in Cameroon is not the real season for the move as FIFA had recently moved its club world cup date to June, Making it all but impossible for CAF to stage its tournaments during the same period.
But amidst the debate over when the tournament will be staged, many back home are worried about the country’s readiness for the biennial football jamboree
Poor organization, massive corruption and endemic inertia caused Cameroon to lose the 2019 AFCON hosting rights to Egypt due to the former’s lack of readiness
The country of Samuel Eto’o was then given the chance to host AFCON 2021, avoiding financial punishment and suspension after the football legend intervened at the brightest level, but many now worry any change of date risk putting the country’s hopes of hosting in peril
Even though most of the stadia have been built and Peace is gradually returning to major cities in North West and South West regions, a lot is still to be done
Lack of road infrastructure, appropriate hospitals in hosting cities and political uncertainties in South West region means any change of date risk posing serious problems to authorities in Yaounde.
It remains to be seen how Yaounde will react to any change of date as the chances of hosting the 2021 now looks debatable once again.
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