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Cameroon coach Rigobert Song names CHAN squad


Rigobert Song and the Indomitable Lions

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 30, 2017. 17:30


ameroon coach Rigobert Song has confirmed his final squad of 25 players for the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships.

The ex-Indomitable Lions skipper has named three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and seven strikers in his team.

Cotton Sport’s Simon Omossala, Douala Union’s Derrick Anye Fru and Oscar Gwot are the three goalkeepers in the 25-man side.

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On the other hand, the ex-defender has dropped players such as Aurelien Etame, Ambassa Eloundou and Joel Kofana.

Song said they have to be in a good condition for the tournament to ensure his charges are ready for action in Morocco.

“In December we will be going to either Egypt or Turkey which will enable us to better train and to acclimatise especially because the youths are not used to staying in a climate that is totally different from theirs especially as we are going to arrive there in winter,” said Song.

“So we have to be in a condition whereby we will be ready when the time comes.”

The reigning African champions are in Group D together with Angola, Congo and Burkina Faso.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Derrick Anye Fru (Douala Union), Oscar Gwot Kalati (Eding Sport), Simon Omossola (Cotton Sport)

Defenders: Alphonse Marie Tientcheu (Eding Sport), Fabril Kaou (Douala Union), Salomon Banga (Dove of Djà and Lobo), Paul Abouem Maya (UMS), Paul Otia (UMS), Thomas Bawak Etta (UMS), Serge Andoulo (New Stars), Bertrand Owundi (Astres)

Midfielders: Franklin Anteh (Unisport), Bonny Elame (Dragon), David Pierre Eto’o (Union), Clarence Bitang (Union), Willy Namedji (UMS), Junior Awono (Yong Sport)

Strikers: Souleymanou Moussa (Cotton Sport), Ngoundo Kouoh Bille (New Stars), Lionel Abate Etoundi (AS Fortuna), Frantz Pangop (Union), Patrick Moukoko (Colombe), Raphael Eric Messi Bouli (Apejes ), Francis Elimbi (Eagle), Aristide Touffic (Eding Sport)



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Former Cameroon goalkeeper: Algeria’s problem isn’t the coach – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Islam SLIMANI of Algeria Challenged by Leon BALOGUN (L) and William EKONG(R) of Nigeria during the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Nigeria vs Algeria on November, 12th 2016 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium ©Kabiru Abubakar//Backpagepix©Kabiru Abubakar//Backpagepix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 18:00


Former Cameroon goalkeeper Joseph-Antoine Bell, better known by his nickname ‘JoJo’, says Algeria’s problems do not lie with their coach.

The Fennec Foxes are onto their sixth separate permanent coach since the departure of Vahid Halihodzic in 2014, with Rabah Madjer having recently succeeded Lucas Alcaraz.

The North Africans’ chopping and changing has done little to help their cause: they were knocked out of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in the group stage and finished bottom of their 2018 World Cup qualifying pool.

Bell, who was part of three World Cup squads with the Indomitable Lions, believes there is something other than the issue of the coach which is affecting the Algerian team’s form.

“I know that he [Madjer] was already coach at one time,” JoJo is quoted by Le Buteur.

“Now, if he came back, I cannot believe that Algeria’s only problem is the team sideline [coaching staff], so I tell myself that when we see such a catastrophic course, we say there are still things much deeper than the sideline.

“Now, hopefully, Madjer will be able to unseal these things and it’s not just limited to the coach.”

Bell added his belief that Algeria have fallen back into old habits, stating that he was surprised to see them finish bottom of an admittedly tough Group B behind Nigeria, Cameroon and Zambia.

“We have the impression that the Algerian team has fallen back on its way. After the 2014 World Cup and even before, we felt the arrival of the Algerian team.

“In 2014, it was only half a surprise but it was especially a great pleasure to see Algeria again at this level. So it was a big surprise this elimination and especially this absolutely chaotic course.

“We can be eliminated, but Algeria was frankly bad, catastrophic in these playoffs [qualifiers]. One wonders if it was just an accident. There is food for thought for Algeria.”



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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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Cameroon coach Hugo Broos heaps praise on Zambian side – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 15:00


Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has heaped praise on the current Chipolopolo squad, saying they will be a force to reckon with in the near future.

Broos’ led his side to a 2-2 draw in Ndola on Saturday as they came from behind twice to secure a point in Group B.

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“Zambia has made big progression. When I compare the game in Limbi, one year ago and I see how they played the qualification for the World Cup and how they played today against us,” the Belgian said.

“This is a young team with much talent. If they progress more they will become a very good team.”

The reigning African champions finished third in their qualifying group from one win, four draws and one loss – they have failed to qualify for the World Cup.

On the other hand, Zambia recorded two wins, two draws and as many defeats to finish runners up in the qualifiers.

In the group, it was Nigeria’s Super Eagles that qualified for the highly anticipated World Cup next year in Russia.



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2018 World Cup Qualifier: Zambia 2-2 Cameroon – AS IT HAPPENED – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 16:53


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group B match between Zambia and Cameroon at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Lineups:

Zambia XI: Mweene, Malama, Kapumbu, Tembo, Sunzu, Chama, Mulenga, Mwepu, Mwila, Daka, Sakala.

Cameroon XI: Ondoa, Nouhou, Ngadeu, Yaya, Leuko, Zambo, Siani, Boumal, Njie, Aboubakar, Ngamaleu.

Commentary:

91′ – GOAL! Yaya! Zambia 2-2 Cameroon. Yaya snatches a late equalizer with a good header.

90′ – The fourth official has added four minutes.

88′ – Zambia sub: Mbewe IN, Daka OUT.

85′ – Zambia sub: Banda IN, Mwepu OUT.

80′ – Daka, the Zambia striker, is ruled offside as the hosts continue to launch attacks.

76′ – Zambia sub: Ngonga IN, Mwila OUT.

75′ – Fifteen minutes left for Cameroon to snatch a late equalizing goal.

70′ – CAUTION: Chama (Zambia) is booked.

66′ – Cameroon sub: Olinga IN, N’Jie OUT.

65′ – Zambia deservedly restored their lead after pressing the Cameroon defence.

64′ – GOAL! Mwila! Zambia 2-1 Cameroon. Mwila scores following a good move by the hosts.

Cameroon sub: Pangop IN, Boumale OUT.

46′ – Cameroon sub: Castelletto IN, Leuko OUT

60′ – Zambia defender Chama’s long range effort is easily saved by Cameroon keeper Ondoa.

55′ – Zambia are dominating possession as they look to restore their lead.

50′ – GOOD SAVE! Cameroon keeper Ondoa makes a good save to deny Zambia midfielder Malama, who had unleashed a long range shot.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Zambia 1-1 Cameroon.

40′ – CAUTION: Leuko (Cameroon).

35′ – BRILLIANT SAVE! Zambia striker Mwila forces Cameroon keeper Ondoa into a brilliant diving save from close range.

31′ – GOAL! Zambo! Zambia 1-1 Cameroon. Zambo scores with a powerful long range shot.

30′ – It is 1-0 to Zambia as we reach the half-hour mark here in Ndola.

GOAL! Daka! Zambia 1-0 Cameroon. Daka beats Ondoa with a powerful shot following a good move.

25′ – N’Jie bursts into the Zambia box and the Cameroon forward forces keeper Mweene into a low save.

20′ – Mulenga has a chance to shoot from inside the Cameroon box, but he decides to dribble and the Zambian loses possession.

15′ – Sakala beats his marker, but the Zambia forward places his cross over the crossbar as the hosts press Cameroon.

10′ – Chama finds some space outside the Cameroon box and the Zambia defender forces goalkeeper Ondoa into a good save.

5′ – Cameroon try to launch a quick counter attack, but Ngamaleu is fouled by Zambia defender Malama.

1′ – The match is underway.



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Cameroon coach Rigobert Song is already preparing for CHAN 2018 – 2018 CHAN


Rigobert Song, ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 17:00


Cameroon coach for the local-based players, Rigobert Song says they are doing well as far as their 2018 CAF African Nations Championship preparations are concerned.

The Indomitable Lions legend said they are planning to stay in Egypt ahead of the tournament to ensure his players acclimatise.

The CHAN tournament is set to be staged in Morocco next year between January and February, and Song says they are waiting for the draw to start planning properly.

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“We are making some preparations for that because we are thinking of whether to stay first in Egypt,” said Song.

“We have to acclimatise and to do so we have to stay in conditions like that of Morocco and play friendly matches with the opponents that we are going to face.

“But we are waiting for the draws which will enable us to know our opponents with whom we can better prepare.

“In December we will be going to either Egypt or Turkey which will enable us to better train and to acclimatise especially because the youths are not used to staying in a climate that is totally different from theirs especially as we are going to arrive there in winter.

“So we have to be in a condition whereby we will be ready when the time comes.”



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Vincent Aboubacar – Cameroon star to take form into World Cup qualifier – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Vincent Aboubakar of Cameroon celebrates goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon Final match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Libreville in Gabon on 5 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 13:00


Vincent Aboubacar will look to take his strong form for Porto into this weekend’s World Cup qualifiers.

The Cameroon striker has netted four goals in Porto’s last six matches, including a fine strike in a 2-0 Primeira Liga win over Belenenses last Saturday.

The Indomitable Lions will wrap up their Group B campaign in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers with a match away to Zambia on Saturday afternoon.

Aboubacar is expected to lead Cameroon’s attack in the match at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

The West Africans will not be going to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, regardless of their result against Chipolopolo, as regional rivals Nigeria have already secured top spot in the group.

Nonetheless, the 25-year-old Porto star will be keen on adding to his tally of international goals, having already netted twice for Cameroon in this qualifying campaign.



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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: Vincent Aboubakar- Cameroon striker out to keep up scoring form – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Porto’s Vincent Aboubakar celebrates

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 13:00


Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar will look to continue his strong scoring form this season when Porto face Boavista in a league clash on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old Indomitable Lions forward has scored seven goals in nine Primeira Liga appearances this season (plus two assists), as well as three goals in the UEFA Champions League.

Vincent Aboubakar has been the main beneficiary of the fine form of fellow Africans Moussa Marega (Mali; seven goals, one assist) and Yacine Brahimi (Algeria; three goals, two assists), as well as Mexican forward Jesus Manuel Corona (two goals, two assists).

The quartet have formed a potent attacking force for Porto, who have picked up 25 points from a possible 27 in Portugal’s top flight this season.

Porto have not won the Primeira Liga since 2012/13, having to stomach a period of domination for arch rivals Benfica.

Yet with Aboubacar in fine form, they will be confident of returning the title to the Estadio do Dragao, as they already have a four-point lead over nearest chasers Sporting Lisbon.

The Indomitable Lions striker notably signed a new contract with Porto earlier this month to end speculation linking him with the likes of Besiktas and Newcastle United.

Aboubacar will also be expecting a call-up from Hugo Broos ahead of Cameroon’s impending 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia next month.



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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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Broos: Cameroon showed character against Algeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Staff Reporter

Monday Oct 09, 2017. 12:00


Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos says his charges showed character against Algeria on Saturday.

The Indomitable Lions secured a 2-0 win over Algeria in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) Group B match.

Clinton N’Jie and Franck Pangop scored Cameroon’s two goals at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé.

Cameroon and Algeria both went into the match having already failed to qualify for the finals.

“Everything is a matter of confidence, even in the big clubs there are moments of decline,” Broos told Camer-Sport.

The Belgian tactician was also happy with Pangop’s mentality against the Desert Foxes of Algeria.

“We were able to show our strength of character. The players have been in solidarity,” he said.

“The players have shown that they are a team which is good overall.

“Pangop has shown good things in training. He is okay mentally,” he concluded.

Cameroon and Algeria will take on Zambia and Nigeria, who are the group winners, respectively in their last Group B games next month.



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Cameroon beat Algeria in Group B dead-rubber – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Cameroon forward Clinton N’jie

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 20:49


Algeria suffered a fourth defeat in succession as Cameroon claimed all three points in a 2018 FIFA World Cup (CAF) qualifier at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé in on Saturday, for their maiden win of the campaign.

Clinton Njié and Franck Pangop on target for the reigning African champions, in a tussle that was purely a formality with both teams playing for pride and nothing else.

It has been a dire qualifying campaign for two of Africa’s big guns and the result painted another gloomy picture for the Fennec Foxes, who boast a mere point from five matches.

El Arabi Soudani had a day to forget for the visitors, with the North African’s without Leicester City duo Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez after they were axed from the squad.

Njié – back for Cameroon – had a more memorable outing and opened the scoring after 25 minutes, pouncing on a defensive error to give the hosts the lead.

Pangop made sure of all three points on the cusp of full-time, as he found the back of the net a minute after emerging off the bench in place of French-based Njié.

In Uyo, Nigeria confirmed their place at next year’s showpiece in Russia following a 1-0 win over Zambia. Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi with the only goal of the encounter.

Cameroon (1) 2 (Njié 25′ Pangop 88′)

Algeria (0) 0

Cameroon: Ondoa; Zambo Anguissa, Teikeu, Ngadeu Ngadjui, Siani, Olinga (Ngamaleu 82′), Fai, Leuko, Bassogog (Mandjecl 73′), Aboubakar, Njie (Pangop 87′)

Algeria: Mbolhi; Mandi, Cadamuro, Taider (Bennacer 60′), Hanni (Ferhat 71′), Feghouli (Ghezzal 75′), Fares, Benguit, Bensebaini, Soudani, Belfodil



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Hugo Broos irked by player unavailability for Cameroon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 11:30


Despite their failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Cameroon coach Hugo Broos needs a strong squad to face Algeria this Saturday.

The Belgian manager was speaking to the BBC regarding the unavailability of some of his quality players during the qualifiers.

The website also revealed that the 2017 African Cup of Nations winning coach has been working without a contract since February.

The Indomitable Lions are set to be without striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Karl Toko Ekambi, who are both unavailable.

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Choupo-Moting has contacted Broos to say he has an injury and Ekambi said he was not ready to play for the national team.

“I don’t know,” said about his contract situation.

“I can’t explain why players don’t want to come and play for the national team, if the reason is because they don’t play then they are not professional.

“If they come to the national team wanting a guarantee that they are going to play then they should stay home because it is not like that.

“I have 23 players and there are always 11 on the field and 12 on the bench, if he is on the bench to fight for a place this is basic for a player and not to get angry.

“We need to win the game even though this will not change much in the group, we promised not to be at the last position at the end.”



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Broos drops Onana from Cameroon squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 03, 2017. 10:00


The Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT) have revealed the Indomitable Lions squad for the encounter against Algeria.

The Indomitable Lions are scheduled to host the Desert Foxes in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Group B match on Saturday.

Algeria and Cameroon have both been knocked out of the qualifying race after losing to Zambia and Nigeria respectively last month.

The encounter between Algeria and Cameroon will take place at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in the capital city of Cameroon, Yaoundé.

Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos has dropped Andre Onana, who plies his trade in Holland for Ajax Amsterdam as a goalkeeper.

France-based forward Clinton N’jie is back in the Indomitable Squad, while Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo is also part of the squad.

Full Squad:

Goalkeeper

1.Ondoa Frabrice (Sevilla FC, Spain)

2. Goda Jules (AC Ajaccio, France)

3. Bokwe Georges (Mjondalen, Norway)

Defenders

4. Ngadeu Ngadjui Michael (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)

5. Teikeu Adolphe (FC Sochaux, France)

6. Mabouka Ernest (Maccabi Haifa, Israel)

7. Castelleto Jean Charles (Brest, France)

8. Leuko Serge (CD Lugo, Spain)

9. Fai Collins (Standard of Liège, Belgium)

10. Banana Yaya (Panionios, Greece)

11. Nouhou Tolo (Seattle Sounders, USA)

Midfielders

12. Mandjeck Georges (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic)

13. Siani Sébastien (KV Oostende, Belgium)

14. Franck Zambo Anguissa (Marseille, France)

15. Boumal Petrus (Urals, Russia)

Forwards

16. Njie Clinton (Marseille, France)

17. Aboubakar Vincent (FC Porto, Portugal)

18. Moukandjo Benjamin (Jiansung, China)

19. Bassogog Christian (Henan Jianye, China)

20. Nsame Jean Pierre (Young Boys, Switzerland)

21. Moumi Ngamaleu (Rheinorf, Austria)

22. Fabrice Olinga (Royal Mouscron, Belgium)

23. Pangop Frantz (Union of Douala, Cameroon)



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Algeria to face Cameroon without Mahrez & Slimani – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Islam Slimani of Algeria shoots at goal during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Algeria and Tunisia at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 19 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 02, 2017. 12:00


Algeria will be without Riyad Mahrez, Nabil Bentaleb and Islam Slimani when they lock horns with Cameroon in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier this weekend.

This is after Algeria suffered home and away defeats against Zambia in their last qualifiers which ended their hopes of reaching next year’s finals. As a result, the Algerian Football Federation stated that they would try out new players for the last two qualifiers.

The match between Algeria and the reigning African champions Cameroon, who also saw their hopes of qualifying ending last month, will be played at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé on Saturday.

Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions and the Desert Foxes are placed third and fourth respectively on the Group B standings. Group leaders Nigeria will qualify if they beat Zambia in Uyo on Saturday.

Algeria squad:

Goalkeepers: Raïs M’Bolhi (Stade Rennes, France), Abdelkadir Salhi (CR Belouizdad, Algeria), Toufik Moussaoui (Paradou AC, Algeria).

Defenders: Mohamed Fares (Hellas Verona, Italy), Faouzi Ghoulam (SSC Napoli, Italy), Rami Bensebaini (Stade Rennes, France), Aïssa Mandi (Real Betis, Spain), Abdelkader Bedrane (ES Sétif, Algeria), Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaiba (Nîmes Olympique, France), Farouk Chafai (USM Alger, Algeria), Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasaray SK, Turkey), Zinedine Ferhat (Le Havre AC, France).

Midfielders: Raouf Benguit (USM Alger, Algeria), Sofiane Bendebka (MC Alger, Algeria), Saphir Taider (Bologna FC, Italy), Sofiane Daham (FC Sochaux, France).

Forwards: Hilal El Arabi Soudani (GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia), Rachid Ghezzal (AS Monaco, France), Abderrahmane Meziane (USM Alger, Algeria), Yacine Brahimi (FC Porto, Portugal), Sofiane Hanni (RSC Anderlecht, Belgium), Ishak Belfodil (SV Werder Bremen, Germany), Oussama Darfalou (USM Alger, Germany).



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Song: Cameroon will be ready for 2018 CHAN finals – 2018 CHAN


Former Cameroon captain Rigobert Song

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 16:00


Cameroon have started their preparations for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals under coach Rigobert Song.

The home-based Indomitable Lions played a friendly match against Equatorial Guinea which they won 2-1 on Sunday.

Former Cameroon and Liverpool FC defender Song says his charges played well against the National Thunder of Equatorial Guinea.

“My boys played well,” Song told the Cameroonian Football Federation’s official website.

“I’m happy with the score and the fighting spirit especially after they conceded an early goal. It shows that they were hungry for that win.”

Song believes that Cameroon will be ready for the finals which will be hosted by Kenya between 12 January and 4 February 2018.

“There is still much work to be done but we hope with many other friendly games like the one we had today, it`s possible for us to put up a good show in Kenya.”

Cameroon qualified for the finals after defeating São Tomé and Príncipe 4-0 on aggregate in the qualifiers last month.



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Hugo Broos believes his Cameroon job is safe despite World Cup failure – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 12:30


Despite Cameroon’s huge failure to qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup, coach Hugo Broos remains optimistic that he can continue to lead the Indomitable Lions.

Cameroon’s most recent world cup qualifying matches saw them lose 4-0 and draw 1-1 against Nigeria’s Super Eagles, results which spelled an end to their World Cup aspirations.

Still, the Belgium-born coach insists he will not lose his job and his mission is to retain their CAF African Cup of Nations trophy.

NIGERIA HELD, BUT STILL ON COURSE FOR RUSSIA 2018

“There’s no-one in life who achieves all his goals, but it’s a disappointment,” said Broos to the BBC website.

“I want to stay with Cameroon. I have ambitions – one of which is to win a second Nations Cup, in 2019 in Cameroon.

“I have never resigned. I am not someone who runs away when things go badly.”



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Cameroon coach Broos eager to stay on beyond 2018 – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017. 15:00


Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos wants to defend the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title.

The Indomitable Lions have failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals after recording a defeat and a draw against Nigeria.

Broos’ side are left with two matches in the Group B (qualifying group), but the Belgian tactician is looking beyond these two games.

“I want to stay with Cameroon,” Broos, whose contract with Cameroon expires in February, 2018, told Vanguard.

“I have ambitions – one of which is to win a second Nations Cup, in 2019 in Cameroon.”

“I have never resigned. I am not someone who runs away when things go badly.”

The Indomitable Lions will face Algeria and Zambia in their next two World Cup Group B qualifiers.

Broos guided Cameroon to the 2017 AFCON title in Libreville, Gabon.



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2018 World Cup qualifier: Cameroon 1-1 Nigeria – As it happened – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 04, 2017. 20:51


Welcome to as-it-happened coverage of the 2018 World Cup qualifier between Cameroon and Nigeria from Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.

Commentary:
All times CAT

90+8′ – Full time – It ends 1-1 in Yaounde, probably a fair result given Cameroon’s improvement in the second half. The result means Nigeria cannot secure qualification in this round of matches, but they remain very much on course for Russia 2018.

90+5′ – Yellow card – Fai is booked for a challenge on Moses.

90+3′ – Some tactical time wasting from Ezenwa as he receives treatment for the earlier collision with Fai.

90+2′ – Bassogog plays a dangerous ball across the penalty area, but no teammate is on hand to convert!

90′ – There will be five minutes of added time.

89′ – Fai tumbles in the box, but again there’s no penalty for the hosts. To be fair, only the crowd really appealed for a spot kick…

87′ – Substitution – Nigeria’s final change sees Peter Etebo replace Onazi in midfield.

84′ – Ezenwa makes a superb save to deny a snap-shot from Aboubakar! He then gets up to deny Fai in a nasty collision and will need treatment.

83′ – Aboubakar tumbles dramatically in the box, but there’s no penalty coming.

81′ – Substitution – Cameroon’s last change sees Moumi Ngamaleu replace Olinga.

80′ – Substitution – Ighalo makes way for Kelechi Iheanacho as Nigeria make a change in attack.

77′ – Yellow card – Onazi is booked for a late tackle on Fai and Cameroon have a free kick in a dangerous position wide on the right.

75′ – GOAL! Cameroon 1-1 Nigeria – Aboubakar coolly converts the penalty to draw the hosts level!

73′ – Penalty! Ezenwa comes off his line to try claim a 50-50 ball and takes out Djoum! The referee points to the spot and Cameroon have a chance to equalise!

70′ – Twenty minutes to play, Nigeria are on course for  a fourth straight win.

67′ – So nearly 2-0 for Nigeria, as Moses skilfully opens up space for a shot from inside the box, only to see his effort skim the top of the crossbar!

65 – Substitution – Nigeria’s first change sees Mikel make way for Ndubisi Agu.

63′ – Yellow card – Olinga goes into the book for remonstrating with the referee.

62′ – Substitution – Moukandjo makes way for Bassogog and Nsame is off for Aboubakar in a double change for the hosts.

60′ – Cameroon have Christian Bassogog and Vincent Aboubakar ready to come on as subs.

59′ – Djoum with a long-range drive… well off target.

58′ – Another Moukandjo cross, another safe catch from Ezenwa. Better from the hosts, but they’ll need to go up another gear or two.

57′ – Moukandjo with a good free kick delivered into the box, but again Nigeria have the answers for whatever Cameroon can throw at them.

55′ – Yellow card – Balogun is booked for a late tackle, the first caution of the match.

54′ – Some fine wing play from Moses, but his attempted cross from the left is  cut out.

52′ – Now it’s Troost-Ekong who makes a superb tackle to prevent Nsame getting a shot on goal!

50′ – The excellent Balogun once again cuts out a dangerous cross. Nigeria’s defence has been imperious thus far.

49′ – All Cameroon in the early minutes of the second stanza, with the hosts looking for a fast start.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either side at the interval.

45+2′ – Half time – Nigeria hold a deserved 1-0 lead at the break, having created the better scoring opportunities. The Super Eagles are on course for a ‘double’ over the Indomitable Lions.

45′ – There will be one minute of added time.

44′ – Simon crosses from the right, but Teikeu is well placed to intercept.

41′ – Moukandjo crosses from a corner kick, but Ezenwa once again shows a good pair of hands to claim the aerial ball.

40′ – Cameroon looking to build up a head of steam but they are struggling to find any gaps in Nigeria’s defence.

37′ – Moses looks just fine as he tries to beat his defender in the box and goes down under a challenge, but the referee isn’t interested in awarding a penalty.

35′ – A worry for Nigeria as Moses limps off to receive some treatment – they’ll hope it’s nothing more than a minor knock.

33′ – Balogun gets on the end of a Moses corner kick but can’t direct an effort on goal. A few second later it’s the turn of Ighalo to dazzle his marker, cut inside and blaze a left-footed shot just over the target!

30′ – GOAL! Cameroon 0-1 Nigeria – Moses drives a low cross into the box, Ondoa can only half stop the ball and Simon is on hand to steer home a left-footed shot! The Super Eagles lead in Yaounde!

29′ – Another Moses delivery from a corner kick, but again it isn’t really a threat to the hosts’ defence.

27′ – Moses tries to float a cross to the back post for the run of Ndidi, but it’s overhit and out for a goal kick to Cameroon.

26′ – Ezenwa initially drops a long ball into his penalty area, but recovers quickly. Balogun then powers upfield and earns a free kick in a good attacking position for the Super Eagles.

24′ – A misplaced diagonal pass almost puts Zambo Anguissa in on goal, but Ezenwa is alert to the danger.

21′ – Cameroon with a free kick on the right flank. Moukandjo crosses, Banana gets up to glance the header onwards, but the offside flag is up.

19′ – Moses tripped up in midfield and it’s another free kick for Nigeria. The hosts are really looking to assert themselves in the challenges…

18′ – Cameroon with a set piece of their own now, but Moukandjo’s delivery from the dead ball is out for a goal kick to Nigeria.

15′ – A quarter hour played, still goalless in Yaounde. Moses crosses from another corner kick, but his delivery is poor this time and Cameroon clear the danger.

12′ – Free kick to Nigeria out on the left flank. Moses whips in a good cross, but Teikeu gets up to make a fine defensive header.

10′ – Ezenwa with good hands again as he smothers a low ball into the penalty area from Zambo Anguissa.

9′ – Nsame meets a low cross from the right but he can’t get a clean shot away to test Ezenwa.

8′ – Moses almost picks out Balogun at the far post from the corner, but the tall defender is outmuscled in the air.

7′ – Ndidi is tripped up and Nigeria have a free kick in a good attacking position. Moses whips in a dangerous ball and Teikeu heads out for a corner kick.

5′ – Good pace from Balogun to beat Nsame to a long ball played down the left flank. The Indomitable Lions are looking to go from back to front with real speed whenever they get the chance.

2′ – Signs of early promise from Cameroon as Moukandjo whips in a cross from the left, but Ezenwa makes a confident catch.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Yaounde! Cameroon wear their famous green, red and yellow, while Nigeria don a change strip of all-white.

18h50 – Ten minutes to kick-off. Our referee is Bakary Gassama from Gambia, with Jean-Claude Birumushahu and Marwa Range as the assistants, and Maudo Jallow as the fourth official.

18h40 – A reminder that the Super Eagles cruised to a 4-0 win over the Indomitable Lions when the teams met on Friday evening in Uyo.

As a result, Gernot Rohr’s team could secure qualification in this round of matches: a win tonight combined with an Algeria win or draw in their match against Zambia tomorrow night will see Nigeria secure qualification for Russia 2018.

18h30 – Half an hour to kick-off in Yaounde, here are the line-ups:

Cameroon: Fabrice Ondoa, Collins Fai, Adolphe Teikeu, Yahia Banana, Serge Leuko, Andre Zambo Anguissa, Arnaud Djoum, Sebastian Siani, Benjamin Moukandjo, Fabrice Olinga, Jean-Pierre Nsame

Nigeria: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Abdullahi Shehu, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Elderson Echiejile, Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Moses Simon, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo



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Wounded Cameroon set for Nigeria rematch – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Victor Moses of Nigeria shield the ball away from Ngadeu Ngadjui of Cameroon during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Nigeria vs Cameroon on September,1st 2017 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium ©Kabiru Abubakar/fotodezamora

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 03, 2017. 12:00


Cameroon and Nigeria will resume hostilities when they meet for a second successive 2018 World Cup qualifying clash. The teams are set to battle at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde on Monday evening, kick-off at 19h00 CAT.

The teams met in a Group B match on Friday night and Nigeria powered to 4-0 victory on hone soil in Uyo, thanks to goals from Odion Ighalo, John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho.

As a result of the comprehensive victory, the Super Eagles are on verge of qualifying for Russia 2018: a win in Yaounde, combined with a win or draw for Algeria against Zambia in the other Group B match on Tuesday, and Nigeria will be able to book their flights to Russia.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr dedicated the victory on Friday to goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who is currently battling Leukemia, and praised gloves-man Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who put in a strong showing against the Indomitable Lions.

“Before the match we pledged to win it for Carl and that we delivered tonight,” said the German tactician after the match.

“He [Ezenwa] kept well, just like the defence showed a lot of organisation and discipline.”

Rohr also outlined his plan for the remainder of the qualifiers, starting with the match against Cameroon.

“We need 11 points to qualify and now we have nine,” he explained.

“We must avoid defeat in Cameroon and fight for the remaining point in the remaining two matches against Algeria and Zambia.”

Rohr added, “We had a good mix of experience and youth, which was key to our victory. It is not finished yet, that is why we remain very humble.”

As for Cameroon coach Hugo Broos, the Belgian has admitted that his side’s hopes of reaching the World Cup are gone after the heavy loss in Uyo.

“There is no pressure anymore on Monday, Nigeria have nine points, we have two points,” Broos explained.

“But there is only an honour to defend, there is no importance to this. I just hope my players will have the same mentality that I have – that they will fight on Monday till the last minute – to beat Nigeria.

“If we had won this game, we would have a chance, but we lost it and I hope everyone will learn from this.”

Gambian referee Bakary Gassama will take charge of the match in Yaounde on Monday evening. The other Group B match between Algeria and Zambia will be held in Constantine on Tuesday night, kick-off at 22h30 CAT.



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2018 World Cup qualifier: Nigeria 4-0 Cameroon – As it happened – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Friday Sep 01, 2017. 19:55


Welcome to the as-it-happened coverage of the 2018 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Cameroon from the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

Commentary:
All times CAT

90+4′ – Full time – What a magnificent win for Nigeria! The Super Eagles are surely destined to qualify for Russia 2018. Cameroon were completely outplayed and will need to make a massive improvement for the rematch in Yaounde on Monday evening.

90+1′ – There will be three minutes of added time.

89′ – Great defending from Teikeu as he makes a superb tackle to prevent Iheanacho making it 5-0…

86′ – A half-chance for Cameroon as Ngadeu-Ngadjui pokes the ball over the crossbar from the middle of a crowd of bodies.

85′ – Substitution – Cameroon’s final change sees Bassogog make way for Fabrice Olinga.

82′ – Substitution – The superb Moses makes way for Ahmed Musa in Nigeria’s final change.

76′ – GOAL! Nigeria 4-0 Cameroon – Iheanacho gets his name on the score sheet, easily heading home into an empty net after superb work out wide from Moses and Onazi! This is turning into an absolute rout!

72′ – Cameroon’s Siani tries a hopelessly ambitious long-range effort and sends it into the stands. That’s what the 2017 AFCON champions have been reduced to…

68′ – Substitution – Nigeria skipper Mikel makes way for Ndubisi Agu in the Super Eagles’ second change.

67′ – Moses tries a cheeky chip, but his effort is just over the crossbar.

65′ – Iheanacho looks to add his name to the score sheet, but he’s pulled up for a free kick after tripping up Teikeu.

61′ – Substitution – Nigeria’s first change sees the excellent Ighalo (who seems to have picked up some cramp) replaced by Kelechi Iheanacho.

59′ – Substitution – Cameroon make another change as Choupo-Moting succumbs to injury and is replaced by Arnaud Djoum.

57′ – Compared to the defeat at home to South Africa in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers back in June, this is a massive improvement from Nigeria. Chalk and cheese.

55′ – GOAL! Nigeria 3-0 Cameroon – Champagne football from Nigeria! A corner kick for Cameroon ends with Nigeria breaking away, Moses tees up Simon, he plays the pass back to the winger, who fires home a low shot to make it 3-0! Magnificent from the Super Eagles!

53′ – Moses with a chance to whip in a free kick, but his radar isn’t quite on target this time – goal kick to Cameroon.

51′ – Cameroon have looked full of intention early in this half, but it was the same story at the start of the game and they were outplayed once Nigeria went up a gear or two.

48′ – Brave goalkeeping from Ezenwa as he beats Aboubakar to a 50-50 ball chipped into the box. A few seconds later and he makes a sharp save low to his left to keep out an effort from Anguissa.

46′ – Substitution – Back underway in the second half. Cameroon have made a change by introducing Eric Choupo-Moting for Ngamaleu.

45+2′ – Half time – We’ve reached the halfway point of the match and it’s Nigeria who are very much in charge! Cameroon started the stronger of the two teams, but once Nigeria settled it was one-way traffic and they are deservedly two goals ahead.

43′ – GOAL! Nigeria 2-0 Cameroon – A second goal looked to be on the way and Nigeria have it through Mikel! Moses whips in a corner kick and the captain gets ahead of his marker to toe-poke the ball home from close range!

42′ – Teikeu makes a vital interception to cut out Moses’ cross, which would have given Ighalo a virtual tap-in!

41′ – Closing on on half time, the Super Eagles will be delighted with their work so far.

39′ – Ngadeu-Ngadjui collides with Ighalo in an aerial battle – the defender needs to be careful, he’s already on a yellow card.

36′ – Moses sets up Simon with a one-on-one chance, but his goal-bound effort is brilliantly saved by Ondoa! Super one-handed stop from the Indomitable Lions guard, that should have been 2-0!

34′ – Safe hands from Ezenwa, he’s been impressive so far. Nigeria have had something of a headache over their goalkeeping options but the 28-year-old is making a strong claim to be number one in this game.

30′ – Yellow card – Ighalo is cautioned for showing a slogan on his undershirt in the goal celebration.

29′ – GOAL! Nigeria 1-0 Cameroon – Ighalo with a great goal to put the Super Eagles ahead! The striker outmuscles Ngadeu-Ngadjui in a battle for  a long ball, cuts inside the defender and puts a low, left-footed shot past the left hand of goalkeeper Ondoa!

28′ – Simon with a great cross from the right, Moses gets up at the back post but his looping header is over the crossbar!

26′ – Yellow card – Another caution for a foul on Ighalo – this time it’s Teikeu who goes into the book.

24′ – Moses puts in a wicked free kick and it finds its way into the back of the net! But Nigeria’s celebrations are cut short as the offside flag is up! No goal.

23′ – Yellow card – Cameroon’s Ngadeu-Ngadjui is the first into the book after hauling down Ighalo to give away a free kick a few metres outside the box.

22′ – Midway through the first half, still goalless between Nigeria and Cameroon in Uyo.

19′ – Mikel squares the ball for Moses, but the Chelsea man slices his shot high and wide from the edge of the box.

18′ – A strong, high press from Cameroon – they’re really making it tough for the hosts to play out of their own half.

15′ – Nigeria’s first threat on goal comes from a Moses free kick whipped into the danger area, but Cameroon defend well.

14′ – Bassogog with a powerful run forward but he’s soon crowded out. Cameroon are bossing the game so far.

11′ – Corner kick to Cameroon: Moukandjo crosses, Ngadeu-Ngadjui gets a flick-on, but Ezenwa collects confidently.

9′ – The Cameroon skipper plays a ball into the box from the set piece, but it’s a free kick to Nigeria for a foul.

8′ – Cameroon with a free kick in a useful attacking position. Moukandjo stands over ball…

5′ – Both teams just looking to settle into the match. Here’s Ngamaleu with a half chance as he stabs a volley goal-ward, but it’s no threat to Ezenwa.

2′ – Balogun almost leaves a back-header short, with Aboubakar threatening to nick it away from Ezenwa, but the goalkeeper gets there just in time.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Uyo! Nigeria wear their home strip of green with white trim, while Cameroon are in a change strip of yellow and red.

17h50 – Ten minutes to kick-off. The referee for today’s is Gehad Grisha from Egypt. He will be assisted by Redouane Acik and Elmoiz Ali Mohamed Ahmed, while the fourth referee is Mahmoud Zakaria Mohamed.

17h40 – A reminder of where we stand in Group B: Nigeria have  a full haul of six points after beating both Zambia and Algeria, while Cameroon trail by four points after drawing both of their games 1-1 against the same opponents. So a win for the Super Eagles will see them take full control of the group and put them within touching distance of the Russia 2018 finals.

17h30 – We’re half an hour from kick-off, here are the starting XIs ahead of the match:

Nigeria: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Shehu Abdullahi, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Elderson Echiejile, John Obi Mikel, Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi, Moses Simon, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo

Cameroon: Fabrice Ondoa, Collins Fai, Adolphe Teikeu, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Serge Leuko, Sebastian Siani, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Christian Bassogog, Moumi Ngamaleu, Benjamin Moukandjo, Vincent Aboubakar



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Moses respects Cameroon, but insists Nigeria will win – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Moses Simon of Nigeria (r) challenged by Tebogo Langerman of South Africa during the 2019 Afcon football qualifier between Nigeria and South Africa at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Uyo State, Nigeria. @Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 31, 2017. 12:30


As the giants of African football are set to lock horns on Friday, Nigerian midfielder Moses Simon says they respect Cameroon, but they want a win.

The Super Eagles are at home hosting the reigning African champions eyeing their third win in their quest to book a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Simon has admitted Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier is not a fixture for the faint-hearted as they will do everything to grind out a positive result.

On the other hand, the midfielder also shared his sentiments on the return of skipper, John Obi Mikel ahead of the crucial encounter.

“We were not at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon when Cameroon won the trophy but we have respect for them as the African champions,” he tells CAF.com.

CAMEROON CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE TO NIGERIA, SAYS BROOS

“We have to give everything that we have when we are going to play against them. We have to play together as a team.

“I believe we have a very good squad with the calibre of players we have in the team right now.

“We are happy to always have him (Mikel) around because he’s the leader. His presence alone is a great boost to the team and it will motivate us as well.

“We want the fans to come out to support us to win this important match on Friday. We want to keep our mind and eyes on the match in Uyo.

“Thereafter, we can talk about the return match in Yaounde. What Nigerians should expect from us on Friday is victory.”

Gernot Rohr’s men currently tops Group B with six points from two wins over Zambia and Algeria. The match will be staged at the Uyo International Stadium at 18:00 (CAT) on Friday.



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Three battles which will decide Nigeria v Cameroon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Kelechi Iheanacho of Nigeria (c) and Ramahlwe Mphahlele (r) and Erick Mathoho of South Africa (l) during the 2019 Afcon football qualifier between Nigeria and South Africa at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Uyo State, Nigeria. @Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 29, 2017. 19:00


AfricanFootball looks at three key battles which will decide the outcome of the 2018 World Cup qualifier between Nigerian and Cameroon in Uyo on Friday night.

Elderson Echiejile v Christian Bassogog

Elderson Echiejile is the veteran in an otherwise relatively inexperienced Nigerian defence and it will be the 29-year-old’s job to bring composure and discipline to the Super Eagles’ rearguard. One of the main threats he will have to deal with is Cameroon’s Christian Bassogog, the Player of the Tournament at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. The 21-year-old’s speed, mobility and goal threat will be key to the Indomitable Lions’ hopes of upsetting Nigeria in their own back yard.

John Obi Mikel v Sebastian Siani

Nigeria midfielder and captain John Obi Mikel has only recently returned from serious injury, but such is his value to the Super Eagles that coach Gernot Rohr had no hesitation in naming him in his squad for these matches. The former Chelsea man will go toe-to-toe with Sebastian Siani, a mobile central midfielder who was a relative latecomer to the international game but went on to play the anchor role in Cameroon’s triumph at the AFCON earlier this year.

Kelechi Iheanacho v Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui

With Alex Iwobi set to miss the first match in Uyo due to injury, the burden of leading Nigeria’s attack will fall on the shoulders of Kelechi Iheanacho. The 20-year-old has yet to get into his stride at new club Leicester City and will hope that this international break brings him goals and confidence. The man trying to keep him at bay will be Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, one of the stars of the Indomitable Lions’ run to glory at the AFCON. The 26-year-old defender will also be a goal threat from set pieces and notably netted twice in the finals in Gabon.

The first match between Nigeria and Cameroon is set for the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Friday evening, kick-off at 18h00 CAT. Join us on AfricanFootball for LIVE coverage of the clash.



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Alampasu: Nigeria will make things difficult for Cameroon in Uyo – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 29, 2017. 16:00


Nigerian international Dele Alampasu says the Super Eagles are not scared of the reigning Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions Cameroon.

The Portugal-based goalkeeper is part of the Super Eagles squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions.

“We all want to go to the World Cup and everybody is ready to give his best for the cause,” the CD Feirense keeper told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“We won’t be scared of Cameroon despite their status as reigning African champions.

The Super Eagles will welcome Cameroon in Uyo on Friday, while the return leg match is scheduled to take played in Yaounde three days later.

“We need to make the game difficult for Cameroon and that will involve everybody from technical bench to the coaches and even the fans,” he added.

“We must all get behind the team so that victory can be guaranteed.”

Nigeria, who are sitting at the top of their qualifying group (Group B), will edge closer to qualifying for the finals if they defeat Cameroon home and away.

South African-based Daniel Akpeyi and home-based Ikechukwu Ezenwa are the other two goalkeepers which have been called up by Nigeria coach Gern



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Head-to-head focus: Nigeria v Cameroon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Vincent Aboubakar of Cameroon celebrates goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon Final match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Libreville in Gabon on 5 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 29, 2017. 08:19


AfricanFootball looks at the head-to-head record between Nigeria and Cameroon ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifying clashes.

These two West African heavyweights have not been regular combatants down the years, meeting in just 18 matches across all competitions according to FIFA’s statistics database.

The record is very much in favour of the Super Eagles, who have claimed 10 wins compared to just three for the Indomitable Lions, while five matches have been drawn.

Four of those 18 matches were in previous World Cup qualification campaigns, stretching way back to 1968 (for the 1970 tournament in Mexico) and 1989 (for Italy 1990): Nigeria claimed two wins, Cameroon one, and one match was drawn.

The teams’ most recent clash was a friendly on neutral ground in Brussels on 11 October 2015: Nigeria won 3-0 thanks to goals from Efe Ambrose, Moses Simon and Odion Ighalo, while Cameroon finished the game with 10 men following the dismissal of Stephane M’Bia.

The first Group B clash between the sides will be at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on September 1, with the return scheduled for Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde three days later.

Nigeria v Cameroon – Overall record

Matches played: 18

Nigeria wins: 10

Cameroon wins: 3

Draws: 5

Nigeria goals: 26

Cameroon goals: 16

Nigeria v Cameroon – World Cup qualifiers

Matches played: 4

Nigeria wins: 2

Cameroon wins: 1

Draws: 1

Nigeria goals: 6

Cameroon goals: 4



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Choupo-Moting named in Cameroon squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Cameroon striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting has choosen club ahead of country

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Aug 26, 2017. 13:00


The Cameroon squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria has been announced.

The Indomitable Lions will face Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Uyo on 1 September 2017. The return leg match will be played in Yaounde three days later.

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has retained the core of the squad that represented Cameroon at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo who plays for Jiansung in China, is part of the squad, while new Stoke City striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has also been called up.

The reigning Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions Cameroon are placed second on the Group B standings with two points from two games.

Group leaders Nigeria have six points from two matches with four games left. Only the group leaders will qualify for the finals which are scheduled to be hosted by Russia.

Full Squad:

1. Ondoa Frabrice (FC Seville, Spain)

2. Goda Jules (AC Ajaccio, France)

3. Bokwe Georges (Mjondalen, Norway)

4. Ngadeu Ngadjui Michael (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)

5. Teikeu Adolphe (Sochaux, France)

6. Mabouka Ernest (Maccabi Haifa, Israel)

7. Castelletto Jean Charles (Brest, France)

8. Leuko Serge (CD Lugo, Spain)

9. Fai Collins (Liège Standard, Belgium)

10. Banana Yaya (Panionios, Greece)

11. Nouhou Tolo (Seattle Sounders, USA)

12. Djoum Suitchuin Giles Arnaud (Hearts, Scotland)

13. Mandjeck Georges (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic)

14. Siani Sébastien (KV Oostende, Belgium)

15. Franck Zambo Anguissa (Marseille, France)

16. Choupo Moting (Stoke City, England)

17. Aboubakar Vincent (FC Porto, Portugal)

18. Moukandjo Benjamin (Jiansung, China)

19. Bassogog Christian (Henan Jianye, China)

20. Toko Ekambi Karl (FC Angers, France)

21. Nsame Jean Pierre (Young Boys, Switzerland)

22. Moumi Ngamaleu (Rheinorf, Austria)

23. Fabrice Olinga (Royal Mouscron, Belgium)



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FIFA to run crisis-hit Cameroon football federation


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 25, 2017. 14:00


The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has disclosed that it has appointed a Normalisation Committee to run the Cameroonian Football Association (FECAFOOT).

The decision was taken by FIFA in connection with the confirmation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) of the decision of the “Chambre de Conciliation et d’Arbitrage du Comité Olympique et Sportif du Cameroun” (CCA/CNOSC) to annul the electoral process leading to the election of the current FECAFOOT executive committee in 2015 and following recent failed attempts by FIFA to reconcile the football stakeholders in Cameroon and overcome the current impasse.

According to FIFA the committee’s mandate will include the following tasks:

– To run the daily affairs of FECAFOOT;

– To draft new statutes in consultation with all stakeholders and in compliance with FIFA’s Statutes and standards as well as mandatory national law;

– To review the statutes of the regional and departmental leagues and ensure their alignment with the FECAFOOT statutes;

– To identify the delegates of the FECAFOOT general assembly and of the regional and departmental leagues;

– To organise and conduct elections of a new FECAFOOT executive committee.

A another FIFA statement read: “The normalisation committee will be composed of an adequate number of members to be identified by a joint FIFA and CAF mission scheduled to take place very shortly.

“The committee will act as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the elections.

“The specified period of time during which the normalisation committee shall perform its functions shall expire no later than 28 February 2018.”



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Rohr: Nigeria need three points from two Cameroon clashes – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 25, 2017. 10:00


Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr says his side will do everything possible to defeat Cameroon in their upcoming encounters.

Nicknamed the Super Eagles, Nigeria will square off with Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions in back to back 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers next month.

Nigeria will host the Indomitable Lions in Uyo on 1 September 2017, while the return match is scheduled to take place in Yaounde, Cameroon three days later.

“I discussed with the chairman of the technical committee and technical director about the match against Benin Republic and the preparation for Cameroon,” Rohr told Goal.

“We hope to do everything to win the first match in Uyo. We have a list of 29 players for the two games – 23 plus six players on the stand by because we could have problems.

Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel, who plays for Chinese club Tianjin TED, is back in the Super Eagles squad after missing the 2-0 defeat to South Africa in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in Uyo last Junen

“Some players will be playing in the UEFA Champions League and league matches, so we must be careful and be prepared because we could have problems either at their clubs or even in the first leg game in Uyo,” he added.

“We know that in these two games, we need at least three points and the best is to get it in the first game. To win the games, I think we have a team which is stronger than the last time with more experience because three other key players are back now.

“There is our captain (Mikel Obi), Leon Balogun and Victor Moses coming back. In each department of our team, we have key players returning and we need their experiences and talents.”

Nigeria are sitting at the top of the Group B table with six points from six matches. The 2017 AFCON champions Cameroon are placed second with two points.

Only the group winners will book their place in next year’s World Cup finals which are scheduled to be hosted by Russia.



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Cameroon ease into 2018 CHAN finals


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Aug 19, 2017. 17:49


Cameroon have booked their place in the finals of the 2018 African Nations Championship following a 2-0 win over Sao Tome & Principe on Saturday.

The Indomitable Lions’ triumph at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde saw them claim a 4-0 aggregate win over the minnows in their Central Zone qualifying tie.

Cameroon scored both of their goals early in the second half of the clash, having been frustrated by their visitors in the first 45 minutes of the second leg.

The West African giants – who are the current AFCON champions – have qualified for the CHAN twice before.

Their appearances at the 2011 and 2016 tournaments in Sudan and Rwanda respectively both ended in the quarterfinals.



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