There is chaos in the Cameroonian top tier league as the various teams involved in the competition have staged a boycott of all the opening games at the Yaounde Military Stadium. Cameroonian league teams have decided to pass up all the opening games of the season and there is a lot of talk about the current situation in the country.
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Cameroon has been given the 2nd chance to host the Africa Cup of Nations, 2021. Last Friday, Confederation of African Football (CAF) stripped of Cameroon, from hosting the next year edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the reason for denial was confirmed by Ahmad Ahmad, the President of Caf. According to Ahmad Ahmad, the president, Cameroon was restrained from hosting the 2019 AFCON’s next edition in order to avoid a repeat of the year 2010, in which some of the players were under attack by the separatists of Cabinda in Angola in addition to delays in the preparation of infrastructure.
Cameroon recently made an announcement on the appointment this summer for the new head coach to be Clarence Seedorf. Well, the choice of one of the high-profile names did catch the attention of everyone. It seemed like a glamour choice which put Cameroon in the limelight. Seedorf would be guided by his fellow Patrick Kluivert, the former Dutch International. When the fortune of Cameroon was stuck as it failed to achieve the World Cup last season, the appointment of the duo did appear to bring things under control. Cameroon has achieved several Cup of Nations titles and the Olympic gold medal in 2000 Sydney in addition to 1990 World Cup quarter finals. This national team has mostly been at the forefront as far as Asian football is concerned.
New Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf believes that his team will improve in the next games. He was speaking after the match that saw his team draws against lowly Comoros. He said that he was pleased with his players as they have done everything they can in the game. Clarence Seedorf said that there is still a lot of work to be done and that the objective of the team is to make it to the next African Cup of Nations as well as the World Cup in Qatar. He said that a big nation as Cameroon should always be present in the big competition and this is what he wants to achieve with the team.
Clarence Seedorf, the ex Dutch international midfielder has been appointed as Cameroon’s new coach in addition to Patrick Kluivert, who would assist Seedorf who has already been his teammate before. Pierre Ismael Bidoung Mkpatt, the Minister of Sport & Education of Cameroon made the announcement in a news conference. There were talks about Sven-Goran Eriksson; the ex-England manager could not get to an agreement. Seedorf is all set to take over from Hugo Broos, the Belgian who was leading the side for a win at African Nations Cup finals in 2017. However, he failed to achieve victory during the World Cup in Russia. Since then, Alexandre Belinga is the caretaker coach. The Nations Cup title will be defended by Cameroon in their home soil next year, which would be the debut major final test for the new team.
Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Cameroon are close to qualifying for the Women’s African Cup of Nations set to take place in Ghana. The three nations all won the first leg of their games played on Wednesday. The Cameroon team was the biggest winners, defeating their opponents Congo Brazzaville 5-0 away from home. The AFCON 2016 runners-up made a statement with the results as they prepare ahead of the tournament. Nigeria defeated The Gambia by the slimmest of margins; the same result the Zimbabwean side edged their Zambian rivals.
Hosts of the 2018 CHAN tournament Morocco defeated West African soccer giants Nigeria 4-0 in the final on Sunday. The North African entered the fixture as favourites but not many would have predicted that heavy score line as it was the final. Zakaria Hadraf inspired the hosts to victory with his brace while Walid El Karti and Qyoud El Kaabi added a goal apiece. The super Eagles were no match for their rival and they worsened their case when Moses Eneji was sent off. They barely created chances with the major one being that of Gabriel Okechukwu in the 26th minute. The local based talent fired his effort past Morocco goalkeeper Anas Zniti but Salaheddine Saidi’s clearance was timely.
Cameroon are set to host Confederation of African Football (CAF) officials ahead of the expanded 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The long awaited inspection is to ascertain the level of preparedness of the hosts. The inspection team is reportedly set to arrive on January 11 after the last visit was cancelled. PriceWaterhouseCoopers withdrew from the last visit on short notice without giving reasons but new consultants Roland Berger are expected to meet the new schedule so it does not affect the timeline for the next AFCON.
Cameroon has failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after the draw against Nigeria in a match counting for the World Cup qualifiers. This means that Cameroon only has three points in their group after 4 matches and has no chance of ending the qualifiers on top of their group. Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said that this is a major disappointment for the team as well as the country as they were hoping to make it to the next World Cup. He believes that this is an opportunity for the team to rebuild from scratch and to ensure that they are ready for the next competition.
Amid concerns about the economic landscape in Cameroon and the delayed construction schedule, there were reports that the country would have a hard time hosting the 2019 African Cup of Nations. However, the sports minister Ismael Bidoung has assured the public that they are ready to host the rest of the continent in 2019. “Despite security concerns, social and economic crises, the government and President Paul Biya are totally engaged to do everything for the Nations Cup to go ahead,” the minister said. The defending champions of the AFCON title insist that they would be very good host but Algeria and Morocco are gearing up as back-up options. The minister said the group games would go on as planned in the original bid: Yaounde, Garoua, Douala and Bafoussam. He said the city of Limbe has been added to make it five. More venues are required for training but Bidoung says all factors are being considered.