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ONANA BENCHED FOR LAZIO GAME

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Cameroon international shot stopper Andre Onana was on the bench for the entire duration of the Italian Serie A game between Inter Milan and Lazio. Onana and his Inter Milan teammates were guests of Lazio in a big game as far as Italian top flight football is concerned. Cameroon goalkeeper Onana has played second fiddle to club skipper Samir Handanovic in the Inter Milan goal since his arrival as a free agent this summer. The Cameroon international signed for the Nerazzuri after his contract with Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam ended in June. Onana has been benched for the first three Italian Serie A games this season with manager Simone Inzaghi opting to start veteran shot stopper Handanovic ahead of him. He's seen as the long-term replacement for retired Slovenian international shot stopper Handanovic.

ONANA: INTER CONFIRM FREE TRANSFER DEAL

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Italian side Inter Milan have confirmed the signing of Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana as a free agent. The Nerazzuri announced the free transfer signing of the former Barcelona shot stopper at the start of last week. The Cameroon national team star has signed for Inter Milan after his contract with Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam expired last month. Onana, 26, has signed a five-year deal with the Nerazzuriuntil the end of the 2026/27 season. He's seen as the long-term successor to veteran Slovenian goalkeeper Samir Handanovicat Inter Milan. The 37-year-old Handanovic has been the first choice goalkeeper at Inter Milan for over a decade and he recently signed a one-year contract extension to take his time at the club to next summer at least.

CAMEROON START AFCON QUALIFIERS WITH WIN

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Five-time African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winners Cameroon have began their qualifying campaign ahead of the 2023 edition with victory following the success recorded at the home of Burundi last week. The 2021 AFCON hosts were drawn in Group A of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers alongside Burundi, Namibia and Kenya during the draw in March. Kenya have been thrown out of the group thus leaving three teams to battle it out in the race to qualify for the 2023 AFCON tournament on Ivorian soil. The Kenyans have not been part of the latest round of AFCON 2023 qualifiers since it started this month. Kenya and Zimbabwe were suspended by FIFA before they were thrown outof the qualifiers when the situation was not resolved.

MATIP BENCHED FOR CUP SEMIFINAL VICTORY

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Cameroon international Joel Matip was on the Liverpool substitutes’ bench from start to finish as his team qualified for the FA Cup final for the first time since 2006 thanks to one of their biggest wins this season. The Cameroon defender and his Liverpool teammates sealed their place in the 2022 FA Cup final thanks to the 3-2 victory over Premier League champions Manchester City. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made a lot of changes to his starting XI for the City game from the starting XI for the 3-3 draw at home to Benfica in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg clash and Cameroon international Matip was one of the players who dropped to the bench. He watched from the substitutes’ bench as Manchester City were blown away in the first 45 minutes thanks to the opening goal from Ibrahima Konate and a brace from Senegalese international Sadio Mane.

MATIP BENCHED FOR CUP SEMIFINAL VICTORY

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Cameroon international Joel Matip was on the Liverpool substitutes’ bench from start to finish as his team qualified for the FA Cup final for the first time since 2006 thanks to one of their biggest wins this season. The Cameroon defender and his Liverpool teammates sealed their place in the 2022 FA Cup final thanks to the 3-2 victory over Premier League champions Manchester City. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FJTRfAUXIAYLX4_.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FJTRfAUXIAYLX4_.jpg[/caption]   Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made a lot of changes to his starting XI for the City game from the starting XI for the 3-3 draw at home to Benfica in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg clash and Cameroon international Matip was one of the players who dropped to the bench. He watched from the substitutes’ bench as Manchester City were blown away in the first 45 minutes thanks to the opening goal from Ibrahima Konate and a brace from Senegalese international Sadio Mane.

CAMEROON FACE ALGERIA HURDLE FOR QATAR

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Five-time African champions Cameroon will have to see off Algeria if they want to secure one of the 32 spots at this year's FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar. The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are in the final round of the qualifiers for Qatar 2022 in the African region alongside Algeria. Cameroon, Algeria and eight others will fight for the five spots available for the African region over the next few days. Cameroon and Algeria were both drawn bye in the first round of the African qualifiers for Qatar 2022. In the second round, Cameroon were drawn in Group D alongside Ivory Coast, Malawi and Mozambique. Cameroon were able to finish as Group D winners with 13 points and one point ahead of Ivory Coast in second position, while Mozambique and Malawi finished in third and fourth respectively with four points and three points.

CAMEROON’S ABOUBAKAR CAN’T KEEP SCORING

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Before the start of Africa’s biggest footballing competition, nothing was known about the Cameroonian captain but after 5 goals in 3 group matches. The continent has sat up and acknowledged Vincent Aboubakar. The 29 years old has largely gone under the radar even though he did turn up for Portuguese giants Porto, where he scored 58 goals in 125 appearances. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="960"]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FJhu6RBXMAMkfk0?format=jpg&name=medium https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FJhu6RBXMAMkfk0?format=jpg&name=medium[/caption]   The menacing forward started his career with Cameroon side Coton side, before making the move to Europe where he joined then Ligue 1 side Valenciennes. He was left to go for free after an underwhelming time at the club, before moving to Lorient as a free agent. It was at Lorient that he finally impressed and repaid the faith that his new employers had in him. Lorient earned €3 million from his sale which was a massive business for the French club.

CAMEROON PIP I/COAST TO QUALIFICATION SPOT

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Five-time African champions Cameroon have beaten rivals Ivory Coast to the sole qualification slot available to Group D teams in the second round of the African qualifiers for the World Cup 2022 tournament. The Cameroonians were able to beat Ivory Coast to top spot in the group thanks to the first half strike from Lyon forward Karl TokoEkambi. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="650"]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FEV-2zoWUAE1EgH.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FEV-2zoWUAE1EgH.jpg[/caption] Toko Ekambi scored the only goal of the game on 21 minutes to lead Cameroon to a slender 1-0 victory over their opponents. With the win, the five-time African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winners were able to topple the Ivorians. Cameroon trailed Ivory Coast by one point ahead of their final group game with the same opposition at the Japoma Stadium in the Cameroonian city of Douala and only a win would give the Indomitable Lions the third round ticket to be one of ten African teams that will contest for the five slots given to the continent for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament.

IVORY COAST MAINTAIN GROUP D LEAD

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Ivory Coast have maintained their one-point lead over Cameroon at the top of the Group D standings as far as the African qualifying campaign for next year's FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar is concerned. Apart from Cameroon and Ivory Coast, Malawi and Mozambique are the other teams in the group. At the end of the fourth round of games in the group, Mozambique and Malawi are out of the running as only the group winners can qualify for the next stage of the African qualifying campaign.