Category: Cameroon


World Cup stunning moments: Cameroon stun Argentina in 1990

François Omam-Biyik’s goal and an unheralded team of journeymen defeated Diego Maradona’s world championsOf the great World Cup upsets – the USA’s victory over England in 1950, North Korea’s over Italy in 1966 and Algeria’s over West Germany in 1982 pr…


Nigeria and Cameroon have big gloves to fill for crucial World Cup double-header | Paul Doyle

The goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa faces the biggest match of his Nigeria career in Friday’s qualifier against Cameroon, who have nine players unavailable in protest at their own FA

Diego Costa would have fainted on the spot. This summer Marcelo Bielsa took charge of Lille and quickly compiled a list of 11 players whom he did not plan to use – and then he relayed the news by text message. Between them the XI had 274 caps, with Nigeria’s Vincent Enyeama holding 101 of those. He seemed unlikely to add to that tally but now, as the Super Eagles face a critical pair of World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon, the African champions, many of his compatriots wish they could call on a goalkeeper of Enyeama’s pedigree.

Technically Nigeria could still have called on Enyeama. The goalkeeper has suggested he is open to returning to international duty, from which he withdrew two years ago following a dispute with the then manager Sunday Oliseh. But as he is out of favour at his club and not match fit, Gernot Rohr reckoned the 35-year-old was not the man to help them out of their predicament.

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Confederations Cup: Germany reach semi-final after video replay confusion

The world champions, Germany, reached the Confederations Cup semi-final on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over a Cameroon side reduced to 10 men after further confusion with experimental video replays.

Germany were leading through Kerem Demirbay’s strike when a case of mistaken identity halfway through the second half – that replays were meant to eradicate – left Cameroon bemused and irritated.

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Socceroos and Cameroon draw to leave both close to Confederations Cup exit

• Cameroon 1-1 Australia (Anguissa 45; Milligan 60pen)

It was a result that suited neither side, an enthralling end-to-end encounter that failed to separate the teams. After drawing 1-1 with the African champions Cameroon at the cavernous Saint Petersburg Stadium on Thursday, Australia are on the brink of a group-stage exit at the 2017 Confederations Cup.

With both teams losing their opening games – Australia soundly beaten by Germany and Cameroon downed by Chile – anything less than three points in a first ever meeting between the two sides looked likely to leave each requiring a helping hand in the final round of group matches.

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Cameroon v Australia: Confederations Cup – live!

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4.20pm BST

18 mins: Another free kick for Cameroon from the same distance, but this time on the right. Bassogog shuns the blast for a dink – it evades everyone and bounces harmlessly away for a goal kick.

4.17pm BST

16 mins: #tacticswatch – Postecoglou has ditched Mooy in an advanced role, it would appear. He’s back in the quarterback/deep lying midfielder role today.

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Confederations Cup: fans from all eight countries share their predictions

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Confederations Cup 2017: how will your team fare in Russia?

As Russia prepares to host the prequel to the 2018 World Cup, we would like to hear from fans of the teams taking part

The World Cup is still a year away, but all eyes will turn to Russia on Saturday as they host the first match of the Confederations Cup. The hosts are joined by world champions Germany and the six winners of the confederation championships – Australia, Cameroon, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand and Portugal. If your country is taking part, we would like to hear your hopes and expectations for the tournament. Are you planning to go to any matches? How do you feel about Russia hosting the event? Fill out the form below and we’ll hopefully feature some of your responses in a tournament round-up.

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Russians parade in blackface ahead of Cameroon-Germany match

Other marchers at Carnaval Sochi Fest parade were seen carrying bananas as city prepares to host Confederations Cup, once more raising racism concernsPeople in blackface and carrying bananas marched in an official parade in Sochi less than a month befo…


Christian Bassogog: ‘Chinese Super League has the power. More will come’

The 21-year-old named best player at the Africa Cup of Nations on his journey from playing for Wilmington Hammerheads in the US third division to being given an astonishing contract in China

Two years ago Christian Bassogog was earning £25 a week with Rainbow FC in the Cameroonian second division. Today he is an Africa Cup of Nations champion with Cameroon and, having been named as the best player at the recent tournament in Gabon, his weekly wage has rocketed to £60,000 after tax.

“In my wildest dreams I could never have imagined what I have been able to achieve,” the 21-year-old winger says. “It’s hard for me to find the words to explain it. Even sometimes when I am going to sleep or when I am waking up, I ask myself: ‘What did I do to be where I am today?’ I am grateful for it but one of the things I know is that I still don’t believe it.”

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Afcon 2017: our writers select their highs and lows from the tournament

From the standout match, player and goal through to personal highlights, disappointments and more, here is the verdict on the contest in GabonEgypt 1-2 Cameroon The best was saved until last. This was a watchable tournament throughout but, with almost …


Afcon 2017: Cameroon’s Aboubakar wins final with late goal against Egypt

Egypt-1-2 Cameroon

The worst Cameroon team in living memory. Or at least that’s what they were three and a half weeks ago, but the span of a tournament can be an awfully long time in football. Eight players had withdrawn from the squad while the determination of their coach, Hugo Broos, to impose discipline had led to other established names being dropped. But his inexperienced squad showed remarkable tenacity to come from behind and beat Egypt to win Cameroon their fifth Cup of Nations title and their first for 15 years.

It was the bigger names who returned to win it, both goals scored by substitutes. Mohamed Elneny had put Egypt ahead in the first half but Nicolas Nkoulou levelled before a winner with two minutes to go from Vincent Aboubakar – a brilliant flick and volley, a winner for the ages.

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Cameroon v Egypt: Afcon 2017 final – live!

6.12pm GMT

Cameroon (4-3-3) Ondoa; Fai, Teikeu, Ngadeu, Oyongo; Siani, Djoum, Bassogog; Zoua, També, Moukandjo.

Egypt (4-2-3-1) El Hadary; Elmohamady, Hegazy, Gabr, Fathi; Hamed, Elneny; Warda, El Said, Trezeguet; M Salah.

6.08pm GMT

You never get a second chance to make a last impression. The final of a major tournament has a big impact on how history judges that tournament. That’s been a particular problem for the Africa Cup of Nations, whose recent finals have been so tedious as to make the World Cup equivalents feel like orgies of entertainment. The last eight Afcon finals have produced seven goals, four 0-0 draws and 471,941,865 unplanned naps from those watching on the sofa.

This tournament really needs a good final, because it has not been the best. At least not in terms of basic entertainment. It has produced some cracking stories, however – none better than Cameroon, whose inexperienced team have marched unexpectedly to the final.

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Cameroon beat Ghana to earn place in Africa Cup of Nations final

• Cameroon 2-0 Ghana
• Michael Ngadeu-Nadjui and Christian Bassogog scored for Cameroon

Cameroon will face Egypt in the African Nations Cup final after a 2-0 win over Ghana.

Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui cashed in on a defensive mix-up in the 72nd minute, before Christian Bassogog scored a second on the break in stoppage-time at the Stade de Franceville.

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Cameroon v Ghana: Afcon 2017 semi-final – live!

6.19pm GMT

Hello and welcome to a heavyweight clash that will determine who gets to face Egypt on Sunday for the right to be crowned champions of Africa. Ghana and Cameroon are two of the continent’s mightiest football nations but it has been a painfully long time since either of them were kings – especially for Ghana, who haven’t been No1 in Africa since Toto were No1 in America with Africa. Sorry, that’s an unwieldy way of saying 1982. As for Cameroon, they’ve won the tournament four times since then but it has still been 15 years since they could be called the Indomitable Lions without someone raising a quibble.

Funny thing is, Cameroon have exceeded expectations by even making it to the semi-final this time. I could elaborate on that but there’s no point because Jonathan Wilson already has. Ghana, meanwhile, will catch all manner of flak if they fail here, what with them having stuttered for much of the last two years. Progressing to the final would go some way towards atonement, though for full redemption they would have to reverse an annoying recent trend of defeats to Egypt. We’ll peruse the line-ups shortly, but in the meantime you

could consider The Fiver’s bold forecast for this match.

11.27am GMT

Cameroon: Ondoa, Oyongo, Fai, Ngadeu, Teikeu, Siani, Djoum, Zoua, Moukandjo, Bassogog, Tambe

Ghana: Brimah; Acheampong, Afful, Amartey, Boye; Wakaso, Acquah, Partey, Atsu, A Ayew, J. Ayew

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Cameroon through to semi-finals after Senegal’s Sadio Mané misses penalty

• Cameroon win 5-4 on penalties after 0-0 draw
• Burkina Faso defeat Tunisia 2-0 with two late goals

Cameroon knocked the favourites Senegal out of the Africa Cup of Nations with a penalty shootout victory to book their place in the semi-finals.

After a goalless 120 minutes at the Stade de Franceville, Sadio Mané proved the fall guy and the Cameroon goalkeeper Joseph Ondoa the hero as he saved the Liverpool winger’s spot-kick.

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Senegal v Cameroon: Afcon 2017 quarter-final – live!

6.26pm GMT

Such is the strength of Senegal’s central defence, that Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly – the subject of a £42.5m bid from Chelsea in the summer – only makes the bench. Everton’s Gana and West Ham’s rangy Kouyaté are the fulcrum of the team in central midfield, whilst Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf, Liverpool’s Sadio Mané and Lazio’s Keita Baldé Diao lead the line.

No NKoulou for Cameroon! He is Cameroon’s most capped player at this tournament, but has to settle for a place on the bench, alongside Vincent Aboubakar.

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11.28am GMT

Senegal’s elimination from Afcon cannot come quickly enough for Liverpool fans. Jamie Carragher/Danny Murphy/Mark Lawrenson/Jamie Redknapp/Steve McManaman/Graeme Souness presumably cannot wait for the moment when he can say that the return of Mané is “like a new signing for Liverpool.” Having won four on the bounce with him in the side at the end of 2016, Liverpool have drawn with Plymouth, lost home and away to Southampton, and lost to Swansea and Wolverhampton Wandereres at home since Sadio Mané left for Gabon at the start of the month – their only victory in that period a narrow 1-0 win over League Two Plymouth Argyle in an FA Cup replay.

This MBM is about the glory of an entire continent – not about Liverpool, or the relatively unimportant English competitions that they occasionally compete in – but it does go to highlight what an important player Mané is – Steven Gerrard admitted after Liverpool’s defeat to Wolves earlier today that ‘It’s clear for everyone to see, he’s a top player and we’ve missed him so much.”

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Hosts Gabon leave Africa Cup of Nations unbeaten but unmourned by fans

José Antonio Camacho had hoped his side could unite the politically-divided nation but their joyless and unimaginative football did not excite the fans

As boos rang around the rapidly emptying Stade de l’Amitié, Gabon’s left-winger Denis Bouanga wept. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after another underwhelming display, walked straight off the pitch, head bowed, shoulders defensively hunched. A goalless draw against Cameroon put Gabon out of the Africa Cup of Nations and made them only the fourth hosts in 31 tournaments and the first since Tunisia in 1994 to fail to make it out of the group stage.

They had their chances, packed into two brief spells at either end of the game. For five minutes. Gabon ripped into Cameroon. Bouanga was lively and brought a backpedaling stretching save from Fabrice Ondoa with an opportunist free-kick. But it was Aubameyang who had the best opportunity. When Bouanga crossed low from the left in the fourth minute, it seemed impossible he should not touch in his third goal of the tournament. Four yards out, with an open net, he slid his shot wide. Five years ago, it was at the same end of the same ground that he missed a penalty in the quarter-final shootout as Gabon lost to Mali; this miss you suspect, will haunt him for longer.

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Cameroon v Gabon: Afcon 2017 – live!

7.22pm GMT

18 min: Siani is booked for a rash charge in central midfield. He was challenging for a high ball but got nowhere near it, and correctly sees yellow.

7.21pm GMT

14 min: Oooooo, close from Cameroon! Gabon clear a Cameroon corner, but as the ball comes back into the box, 6ft2in centre-back Teikeu is left completely unmarked, but he can only glance his header past the far post. Should have scored! For all that Cameroon have been second best here, they could, perhaps should, have taken the lead there.

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Fifa gives Liverpool green light to play Joël Matip against Swansea

• Confusion about defender’s eligibility is finally over
• Cameroon had wanted centre-half at Africa Cup of Nations

Joël Matip has finally been given the green light to play for Liverpool again after Fifa announced Cameroon had no hold over the defender.

Liverpool had become utterly exasperated by the confusion surrounding his eligibility during the Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon announced they wanted the 25-year-old to play in Gabon.

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Afcon 2017: Cameroon comeback win cuts Guinea-Bissau down to size

• Cameroon 2-1 Guinea-Bissau
• Siani 61, Ngadeu-Ngadjui 78; Brito Silva 13

Cameroon survived a scare and a wonder goal from the Africa Cup of Nations debutants Guinea-Bissau to take command of Group A.

The Indomitable Lions came from behind to win 2-1, but for 48 minutes Guinea-Bissau were ahead and heading for a special victory after Piqueti made a run of blistering speed and skill to take the ball nearly the length of the field and lash it into the roof of the net.

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