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Player Spotlight: Christian Bassogog – Cameroonian star provides injury update


epa06035856 Christian Bassogog (L) of Cameroon and Gonzalo Jara of Chile in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Cameroon and Chile at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, 18 June 2017. EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 19:00


The forward has provided an update regarding his injury which saw him miss Cameroon’s last match earlier this month.

Bassogog was called up for the Indomitable Lions’ final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia which ended in a 2-2 draw in Ndola on the 11th of November 2017.

The Cameroon medical team indicated that the player was not fit for the match after discovering that the China-based striker was carrying a knee injury.

Bassogog has informed Camfoot that he’s recovering well from the injury during the Chinese Super League off-season.

“My injury is improving and I think I’ll be back soon. I am on vacation for now and I will take the opportunity to heal,” Bassogog said.

The 22-year-old marksman netted 10 goals in 24 league appearances for Henan Jianye during the 2017 Chinese Super League season.

The team managed to survive relegation and they are set to campaign in the elite league during the 2018 campaign.

He recently indicated that he would consider offers from European clubs having joined Jianye from Danish side AaB Fodbold in February 2017.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Christian Bassogog – The Cameroon star does not regret moving to China – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


epa06035856 Christian Bassogog (L) of Cameroon and Gonzalo Jara of Chile in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Cameroon and Chile at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, 18 June 2017. EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 19:00


Many were surprised when one of Africa’s most promising youngsters, Bassogog joined Chinese club Henan Jianye in February, 2017.

Bassogog, who was 21 at the time, had played an instrumental role in helping Cameroon win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title in Gabon.

The 2017 AFCON Player of the Tournament attracted interested from several European clubs, but he decided to join Jianye from Danish club AaB Fodbold.

Camfoot recently spoke to the talented forward, who scored 10 goals in 24 Chinese Super League matches during the 2017 season.

“When looking at me signing in China, I think I trusted my agents and they know what’s best for me. I will not say it’s a bad choice,” Bassogog said.

“I did not have any pressure. I am went to China because my agents saw a good opportunity. I had a good season.

“But Europe is not excluded. I can always come back at any time. Regarding visibility, if a player has good club performances, I think he can be can play everywhere,” the 22-year-old continued.

“So, I do not think that going to China I will not be able to play anywhere else. It was God who wanted me to go.

“Each of us often needs to take a step back to reflect … I received proposals from some European clubs that I do not want to reveal because I’m still under contract with my club.”



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Christian Bassogog – Why the forward missed Zambia clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


epa06049960 Christian Bassogog (R) of Cameroon and Antonio Ruediger of Germany in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Germany and Cameroon at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, 25 June 2017. EPA/ARMANDO BABANI

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 19:00


The forward was a noticeable absentee in the Cameroon attack as the Indomitable Lions locked horns with Zambia on Saturday.

Chipolopolo hosted Cameroon in the final 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group B match which was played at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

The encounter was deemed a dead rubber as the two African giants had already been eliminated from World Cup contention.

Without Bassogog, the Indomitable Lions lacked some vital creative spark and they drew 2-2 with the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions.

Vincent De Paul Atangana, the Cameroon team press officer, explained that Bassogog arrived in the Indomitable Lions camp carrying a knee injury.

The Henan Jianye forward was then ruled out of the Group B encounter and Clarence Bitang was brought in as Bassogog’s replacement.

Reigning African champions Cameroon’s next match is against Comoros in the 2019 AFCON qualifier which is scheduled to take place in March, 2018.

Bassogog, 22, will be nursing his injury during the off season as he awaits the 2018 Chinese Super League campaign which is expected to begin next year.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Christian Bassogog – Hugo Broos to build Lions team around Cameroon star? – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


epa06049960 Christian Bassogog (R) of Cameroon and Antonio Ruediger of Germany in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Germany and Cameroon at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, 25 June 2017. EPA/ARMANDO BABANI

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 19:00


Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos has called for patience from the country’s fans ahead of their final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia.

The Belgian tactician included Bassogog in the squad which will take on Chipolopolo at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Saturday.

Bassogog, who inspired the Indomitable Lions to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title, has been ineffective during Cameroon’s disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign.

However, Broos has kept his faith in the 2017 AFCON Player of the Tournament as Cameroon look to defend their title in 2019 on home soil after failing to qualify for the next World Cup.

“Here in this country you don’t know the word patience,” Broos said on BBC.

“And if you want to build a good team you need to have patience,

“Accept that some games you will lose – because otherwise you will never know if that player or that way of playing is good.”

Bassogog, who was one of Henan Jianye’s star players during the 2017 Chinese Super League, definitely looks to be the future of the Indomitable Lions.

Broos is expected to build a another formidable team that can defend the AFCON title and also qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals.

Bassogog, 22, is the kind of player Broos is likely to build the Cameroon team around ahead of the next continental tournament.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Christian Bassogog should be a team player for Cameroon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


epa06035856 Christian Bassogog (L) of Cameroon and Gonzalo Jara of Chile in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Cameroon and Chile at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, 18 June 2017. EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 19:00


The Cameroonian international is widely regarded as one of Africa’s best youngsters.

Bassogog played an instrumental role in helping Cameroon win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title in Gabon.

Cameroon were then expected to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, but the Indomitable Lions endured a poor qualifying campaign.

The five-time AFCON champions recorded one win out of five games in their qualifying group and they failed to qualify for the global tournament.

Bassogog struggling to replicate the form that saw him win the 2017 AFCON Player of the Tournament award.

The 22-year-old has been urged to become a team player by Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos.

“Bassogog has to change the way he plays,” Broos said.

“If I was 25 years younger than my age, he could never pass me.

“All the coaches master his game,” the 65-year-old Belgian tactician added.

“He just surprised people at the AFCON because we did not know him.”

Bassogog and his Cameroon team-mates will travel to Ndola to take on Zambia in their last qualifying match on 11 November 2017.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Christian Bassogog – Cameroon star maintains electrifying form in China – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


epa06049960 Christian Bassogog (R) of Cameroon and Antonio Ruediger of Germany in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Germany and Cameroon at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, 25 June 2017. EPA/ARMANDO BABANI

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 19:00


The promising forward has been in electrifying form for Henan Jianye in the Chinese Super League.

Bassogog, who was born in Douala, Cameroon, inspired Jianye to a 2-1 victory over Yanbian Funde on Saturday.

The league encounter took place at the Yanji Nationwide Fitness Centre Stadium in city of Yanji.

Bassogog was the hero for his side as he scored in the sixth and 48th minutes of the encounter and Jianye secured an away victory.

Prior the clash with Funde, the 22-year-old had netted during Jianye’s 3-2 league defeat to Guangzhou R&F away nearly two weeks ago.

The former Wilmington Hammerheads has now scored 10 goals in 23 league matches for the Zhengzhou-based outfit.

Jianye, who are 11 points above the relegation zone, find themselves placed 11th on the league standings with two matches left.

Bassogog will be hoping to maintain his scoring form when Jianye host Shanghai SIPG at the Zhengzhou Hanghai Stadium on Sunday.

Jianye are scheduled to take on Tianjin Teda away in their last league match of the season on 4 November 2017.

Bassogog is expected to be included in the Cameroon squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group B match against Zambia,

The final Group B encounter will be played at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Zambia on 11 November 2017.



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Bassogog praises Broos ahead of Cameroon-Nigeria clashes – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


epa06035910 Christian Bassogog (R) of Cameroon and Gonzalo Jara of Chile in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Cameroon and Chile at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, 18 June 2017. EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Aug 28, 2017. 10:00


Cameroonian international Cameroonian international Christian Bassogog has stressed the importance of defeating the Super Eagles of Nigeria next month.
has stressed the importance of defeating the Super Eagles of Nigeria next month.

The Indomitable Lions will face off with the Super Eagles in back to back highly anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Nigeria will welcome Cameroon in Uyo on the 1st of September 2017, while the return leg match is scheduled to be played in Yaounde three days later.

“Nigeria are a strong team” Bassogog told FIFA.com.

“They have very good players and many of them are playing in Europe. But we must defeat them if we are to maintain our qualifying hopes. We should take the game to them.

Cameroon are placed second on Group B standings with two points. Nigeria are sitting at the top of the group with six points with four matches left.

“We need to fight to defeat them. Our players are young, but we are strong as a team,” the Hernan Jianye midfielder continued.

“He (Hugo Broos – Cameroon coach) is a good coach. He knows what the players are good at so he can get the best out of us. In this team, everyone has his chance.”

The 21-year-old was instrumental as Cameroon won the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title and he was named the Player of the Tourname



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