Kamzong Abessolo wins 20th edition of Cameroon International Cycling Tour

The yellow jersey of the 2024 Cameroon International Cycling Tour has been won by renowned Cameroonian cyclist, Kamzong Abessolo who led the competition from start to end. He finished first in the opening and fifth laps of the race and maintained a lead in the overall classification which summed up to 20 hours 59 mins 9 secs. The final stage of 107.7 km, run from Ngoulemakong in the Mvilla division of the South region to the 20th May Boulevard in Yaounde on Sunday, was won by Ivorian Cisse Issiaka. Issiaka won the yellow jersey in the previous edition in 2023. He finished fourth this year. The 20th edition of the Cameroon International Cycling Tour kicked off on May 31 in Maroua and ended on June 9 at the 20th May Boulevard in Yaounde. Source: Cameroon News Agency

Marc Brys makes impressive start with Indomitable Lions

New Indomitable Lions coach Marc Brys, won his first match as head coach of the Cameroon national football team on Saturday, June 8, at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium. The Lions humbled visitors Cape Verde in a 4-1 defeat, counting for day three of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2026. It was a favourable start for the Belgian, who finds himself in the middle of the crisis that has rocked Cameroon football for the past two months. His appointment on April 2 by the Sports Ministry was not initially accepted by FECAFOOT. The federation later agreed to work with the 62-year-old but formed its own administrative, technical and medical staff which it insists is the one recognised by FIFA. In the victory against Cape Verde, Cameroon displayed an image of unity. There was visible joy on all faces as Ngadeu, Vincent Aboubakar and Nohou Tolo scored to give Cameroon the lead in group D of the qualifiers. The Lions top the table with 7 points. 'They are united' Marc Brys commended the dedication shown by the players. 'You saw during the match, the group does not need their coach to play well'. 'We are very happy with these results but we have to maintain our focus' the coach said, referring to the next match against Angola on June 11. He expressed regret over the chaos that surrounds the national team. 'It is not productive for the team and 30 million Cameroonians' He reiterated that he is 'apolitical' and is focused on his job. Source: Cameroon News Agency

NTF committed to promoting gender equality in tennis participation, officiating –President

President of Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), Ifedayo Akindoju, says the federation is committed to promoting gender equality with regards to the participation and officiating of tennis events in the country. He made the remarks while declaring a maiden International Tennis Federation's Advantage All workshop open on Friday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria Tennis Umpires Association (NTUA) made history on Friday in Abuja. This followed the successful hosting of its maiden International Tennis Federation's Advantage All programme, thus setting the pace for other African countries. The workshop was organised by the NTF, in conjunction with the International Tennis Federation ( ITF), with no fewer than 20 female tennis officials from across the country in participation. It aims to further deepen the domestication of the initiative which the country formally signed into in 2021 at the Annual General Meeting of ITF in Glasgow, Scotland. Akindoju extolled the milestones bein g recorded by the Officiating Department of the Federation, noting that officiating in Nigeria had advanced beyond imagination 'as ladies in tennis officiating have done so well. 'What we are witnessing here today is another landmark to show that ladies are very interested in sports and in tennis in particular. 'As a Federation, we are promoting gender fairness, gender equality in terms of opportunities and participation, and have put in place a well monitored and guided mechanism to ensure that no body is treated unfairly', Akindoju said. Acting Chairman of NTUA, Rose Abu, encouraged the participants to make adequate use of the opportunity to develop and sharpen their officiating knowledge and skills. Abu thanked the ITF for endorsing the event, and commended the effort and commitment of the President of NTF and the country's Officiating Manager, Kehinde Ijaola, for making the day a reality. Gold Badge Chair Umpire and an Advantage All Global Ambassador, Eva Asderaki-Moore led a plethora of virtual inte rnational goodwill messages from female tennis Umpires across the world to the participants. With the theme, Tennis Officiating: Place, Value Of Women In Officiating And Empowerment, the workshop had series of paper presentations on topical issues. NAN also reports that a minute silence was earlier observed in honour of the immediate past Nigeria's Advantage All Ambassador and one of the country's finest tennis officials, late Arinola Isa-Banire who died in July 2023. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Runsewe hails Oboh, Nigeria’s female golf sensation, on U.S. invitational triumph

The President, Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, OON has commended Nigeria's female golf sensation, Georgia Oboh, on her recent victory at the John Shippen Women's Invitational in Michigan, U.S. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 23-year-old Oboh, on Wednesday, captured the 2024 John Shippen Women's Invitational and earned exemptions to compete in two LPGA tournaments - the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give and the Dow Championship. Oboh will tee it up alongside the world's best female golfers at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give starting June 13, after shooting 69-70-139 on the same course Tuesday and Wednesday to earn a three-stroke victory at the SHIPPEN event. Runsewe, who gave the commendation in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said that Oboh's victory was an inspiration to other children back home and a testament to the fact that hard work pays 'Congratulations to our very own Georgia Oboh on your well-deserved victory at the John Shippen Women's Invitation al at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan 'Your victory is indeed a fulcrum of great possibilities and renewed hope for Nigeria and Nigerians. 'We believe in you to keep the Nigerian flag flying high and keep doing your very best, to ensure that you represent our dear country as a good ambassador of the game of golf,' he said. NAN also reports that another Nigerian female pro golfer, Anita Uwadia, tied for third position with Ashley Shaw of U.S. in the same tournament, making it the first time in an international professional ladies' golf tournament where two Nigerians made the top three. The NGF president noted that the performance of the girls was a very rare one and not a mean feat. He added that they had both distinguished themselves as the very first Nigerians and one of the few black professional female golfers on the top stage. He said that the federation would continue to support the golfers, to ensure that they reach their full potential as they continue to make the country proud and showcase themselves to the world. He also advised parents to always support and encourage their children to start playing golf at an early age, adding that it was a sport they could be engaged in for the rest of their lives. 'Hand your child a golf club, and you might be surprised what happens. 'Your child might not be the next Tiger Woods, but golf can make a big impact in a young life. 'Kids can benefit from the sport mentally, physically, and emotionally. The sport can set them up for success as they get older. 'Many of the skills learned on the course translate to real life,' he said. NAN also reports that Oboh and her chosen partner will compete in the Dow Championship starting June 27 in Midland, Michigan. The John Shippen Women's Invitational which Oboh and Uwadia were part of is a series of competitions created to provide playing opportunities on the LPGA Tour and PGA Tour for the top Black amateur and professional women and men golfers. The events are named after John Shippen, Jr., who wa s both the first American-born golf professional and the country's first Black golf professional. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Fecafoot pulls out of world cup qualifier

The Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) announced their decision to exempt themselves from the preparations for the upcoming 2026 world cup Qualifiers between the Cameroon and Cape Verde including Angola on June 08 and 11, respectively. According to the fédération, the decision comes after a series of 'serious' events that occurred during the preparations for the start of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon training camp on Sunday June 2. FECAFOOT said its staff were subject to intimidation by the law enforcement forces, making it impossible to carry out the usual welcoming operations for the Indomable Lions at the Hilton hotel These events led to an emergency meeting where the Committee decided to exclude themselves from the preparations for the two upcoming games. Moving on, the Indomitable Lions' maiden training session scheduled for Monday was held late after FECAFOOT confiscated kits. Source: Cameroon News Agency

Narcisse Mouelle Kombi makes recommendations to FECAFOOT for ‘success’ against Cape Verde, Angola

The minister of Sports and Physical Education, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, has made some recommendations to FECAFOOT ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Cape Verde and Angola. During the preparatory meeting at the sports ministry on Wednesday, May 29, the minister pointed out that in fulfillment of 'the instructions of the President of the Republic', FECAFOOT will have to actively ensure that the national team led by Marc Brys is in good conditions for the two matches on June 8 and 11. Among the recommendations, the federation will be expected to make didactic material and sports equipment available for the team, ensure good collaboration during the encounters by sharing important information, and ensuring that ticket issues are resolved within the shortest time possible. FECAFOOT will also be tasked to ensure that the visiting country is well received in Cameroon for the match against Cape Verde scheduled at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on June 8. The presence of FECAFOOT representatives at the MINSEP meeting was lauded by the minister. He said the works which already started in a 'cordial atmosphere' will have to continue in the same conditions. The drama at Tsinga in Yaounde on Tuesday, had created an atmosphere of uncertainty over the upcoming FIFA World Cup fixtures. The doubts are still not completely cleared, however, Prof. Narcisse Mouelle Kombi reiterated that 'the matches against Cape Verde and Angola will be played'. Source: Cameroon News Agency

Students injured in bus accident en route Garoua for University games

By Charity Nginyu On the morning of May 22, a bus carrying students from the Institute of Science and Technology of Yaounde veered off the cliff at Mbe, approximately 40 kilometers from Ngaoundere. The students were en route to Garoua for the university games when the accident occurred. While there were several serious injuries reported, fortunately, no lives were lost. According to initial reports, the bus experienced brake failure, causing the driver to lose control. Despite his efforts to regain command of the vehicle, it skidded and ended up perilously suspended on the guardrails above the ravine. The immediate intervention of local authorities and emergency services helped in preventing a more tragic outcome. Among the first responders was Kildadi Taguieke Boukar, the governor of the Adamawa region, who oversaw the rescue operations. The injured students were quickly transported to nearby medical facilities for treatment. Source: Cameroon News Agency

Students injured in bus accident en route Garoua for University games

By Charity Nginyu On the morning of May 22, a bus carrying students from the Institute of Science and Technology of Yaounde veered off the cliff at Mbe, approximately 40 kilometers from Ngaoundere. The students were en route to Garoua for the university games when the accident occurred. While there were several serious injuries reported, fortunately, no lives were lost. According to initial reports, the bus experienced brake failure, causing the driver to lose control. Despite his efforts to regain command of the vehicle, it skidded and ended up perilously suspended on the guardrails above the ravine. The immediate intervention of local authorities and emergency services helped in preventing a more tragic outcome. Among the first responders was Kildadi Taguieke Boukar, the governor of the Adamawa region, who oversaw the rescue operations. The injured students were quickly transported to nearby medical facilities for treatment. Source: Cameroon News Agency