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Never-ready Cameroon risk losing AFCON…again as CAF considers change of date

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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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Diamond Platinum and Eto’o to build a sport academy in Tanzania

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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.

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Never-ready Cameroon on edge as shifting Ahmad comes visiting

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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.

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Embattled Arsenal appoints new manager

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English football club Arsenal on Friday appointed former midfielder Mikel Arteta as their new manager.

Arteta, who made 149 appearances for Arsenal between 2011 and 2016 before joining Manchester City’s coaching staff, replaces sacked fellow Spaniard Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta said he was confident he would have the London club challenging for top honours again and asked for patience after being appointed head coach on a 3-1/2 year contract on Friday.

“This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game,” the former Arsenal captain said in a statement here

“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it.

“I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”

Arsenal are 10th in the Premier League table, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, after five victories in 17 matches this season and travel to 16th-placed Everton for Saturday’s early kickoff.

Emery was sacked last month after Arsenal’s 2-1 Europa League home defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt which extended their winless run in all competitions to seven games, their worst streak since February 1992 under George Graham.

Soon after Arteta’s appointment was announced, the 48-year-old Emery told the BBC that Arsenal had made the right choice in appointing the rookie.

“He really is prepared to make that next jump,” Emery said. “I do believe this is a good decision and I would also like it to be a good decision.”

Arteta, who has never managed a club before, was named by British media as one of the candidates in the running to replace former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in 2018 before the club appointed Emery.

The 37-year-old has enjoyed great success at City, assisting Pep Guardiola as he guided the club to successive league titles.

“We met several top-class candidates and Mikel stood out to every single one of us as the perfect person for us,” Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi said.

“We look forward to him getting down to work and bringing the best out of our squad as we work to get our season back on track.”

After Arsenal’s 3-0 league defeat by Manchester City on Sunday, interim boss Freddie Ljungberg urged the club to make a quick decision on their next permanent manager.

Arsenal director Josh Kroenke, son of the club’s majority owner Stan Kroenke, and Sanllehi both thanked Ljungberg for his three-week stewardship.

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