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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.

CAMEROON SUFFER W/CUP SETBACK IN ABIDJAN

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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E-orLlLUcAAvPHK.jpg Cameroon suffered a big dent to their quest to qualify for next year's FIFA World Cup tournament in the Asian nation of Qatar after they were beaten by hosts Ivory Coast in Abidjan. The 2022 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosts were terrorised by Ajax Amsterdam striker Sebastien Haller throughout their qualifying clash with the Ivorians on Monday. Ex-West Ham United attacker Haller was a thorn in the flesh of Cameroon as he scored a first half braceto give Ivory Coast a priceless three points via a 2-1 win. Haller scored two goals within nine first half minutes to establish a two-goal lead for Ivory Coast.

ARSENAL BOOST: ONANA REJECTS LYON TRANSFER

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Premier League giants Arsenal have been boosted with the news that Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper Andre Onana has turned down a transfer to French side Lyon this summer. The Cameroon national team shot stopper rejected the move to Lyon with the belief that a big club such as Arsenal or Italian champions Inter Milan awaits. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E7jOfLOXoAY18rX.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E7jOfLOXoAY18rX.jpg[/caption] Cameroon goalkeeper Onana is under a ban at the moment and he won't be available until November.Onanawas banned after he mistakenly used furosemide. The Ajax Amsterdam shot stopper was initially banned for a year but that was reduced upon appeal.