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AFCON2023: 6 Guinea fans die while celebrating win over Gambia

By Biwah Bryan The Guinea Football Federation has confirmed the death of six supporters who were celebrating the country's recent football victory over Gambia at the Africa Cup of Nations. On Friday January 19, Aguibou Camara scored the only goal, ensuring that Guinea achieved a hard-earned 1-0 victory and boosted their hopes of making it to the knock-out stage of the competition. This resulted in fans taking to the streets in Conakry, the country's capital to celebrate in cars and on motorbikes. Reports say that two vehicles collided at high speed which led to three fatalities with several others being injured in road accidents. Speaking to the press, Amadou Makadji, media manager for the Guinea Football Federation confirmed that the celebrations had resulted in the tragic loss of six lives and urged fans to celebrate responsibly to avoid further tragedy. The Guinea Football Federation has called for calmness, to ensure that their fans remain safe and the competition can continue without further loss of life. Guinea is set to play their last group game with the indomitable lions of Cameroon on Tuesday January 22. Source: Cameroon News Agency

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AFCON2023: Can Cameroon make it to the next stage?

By Muluh Alfred There are only 16 available spots for the knockout stages of the 2023 African Nations Cup and 16 out of 24 teams are expected to compete for a place. These 16 spots are reserved for the top two teams from each group and the four best third-placed teams from the six groups. Cameroon currently holds one point and is ranked 3rd place in Group C implying they cannot qualify as first and can only qualify as second or the best third-placed team. To qualify as second, the Indomitable Lions must achieve the following: Firstly, they must beat Gambia by one goal and hope for Senegal to beat Guinea with a three-goal margin. They must beat Gambia by a two-goal margin and hope for Senegal to beat Guinea by a two-goal margin. They must beat Gambia by a margin of three or more and hope for Senegal to beat Guinea by any score. Should Guinea get as little as a point from Senegal, then Cameroon can only qualify as the best third-placed team. As of now, Cameroon is the worst third-placed team among the six teams currently occupying third place in their respective groups. Source: Cameroon News Agency

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‘Feeling low’ – Francis Ngannou fears Indomitable Lions losing ‘charisma’

Cameroonian MMA fighter Francis Ngannou, has expressed worry about the recent poor form of the Indomitable Lions. He made a three-paragraph post on Facebook, following Cameroon's 1-1 draw with Guinea and the 3-1 loss to Senegal in the ongoing AFCON. For the past two years, the five-time AFCON winners have rarely produced encouraging results. In the 2022 FIFA World Cup and AFCON 2023 qualification tournaments, Rigobert Song only survived last-minute scares. 'Guys, our greatness is threatened, our name is threatened, the heritage of Roger Milla and Samuel Eto'o is threatened' Ngannou wrote. 'We're gradually losing the capital 'L', without which we are no longer Indomitable Lions but just another lion' he added. 'It is time to bring back our ferocity, our determination, and our hemle, in order not to be mistaken for others.' The Indomitable Lions risk getting eliminated from the AFCON in Côte d'Ivoire, if they don't win their third group stage match against Gambia on Tuesday. Source: Cameroon News Agenc y

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Fai Collins makes memorable debut with FK Radnicki

By Biwah Bryan Cameroonian defender Fai Collins contributed significantly to Radnicki Nis' 3-2 victory on his debut with the club against Uzbekistan side Olympic FC on Saturday. The match which was an international friendly played in Turkey, started with Olympic taking an early lead through Jalolidinov in the seventh minute before Radnicki Nis quickly responded with a goal from David Petrovic, following a well-executed free-kick by Andrija Lukovic, to level the score. Olympic regained the lead through Odilov, but Radnicki Nis made a comeback, with Andreja Stojanovic scoring an equalizer in the 63rd minute. The Serbian club's determination paid off when newcomer Semir Smajlagic secured the winning goal in the 80th minute, following a corner taken by Nemanja Belakovic. The match marked a promising start for Fai with his new club after having been without a club for several months before securing a move to Radnicki Nis in December. Fai Collins was recently named in Cameroon's AFCON 2023 squad, but was lef t out of the final list. Radnicki Nis' next game is set to take place on January 24 against the Czech Republic's Karvina team. The Serbian Super League side is focused on improving its performance. The club has suffered three defeats, one draw, and a win in its last five games. Source: Cameroon News Agency

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AFCON 2023: Lions return to training after loss to Senegal

After a disappointing 3-1 loss to holders, Senegal which out Cameroon's hope at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) hanging, the team returned to training on Saturday to prepare for their decisive match against Gambia. The session lasted for 60 minutes with two sets of players; the starting team and the reserves. Assistant coach, Sebastien Migne worked with the reserves at the INPHB. Coach Rigobert Song alongside the team Physiotherapist, Patrick Noubissi handled the starters. The training took place under the watch of Federation of Cameroon Football (FECAFOOT) President, Samuel Eto'o. He was there to inspire the players ahead of the decisive last group game against Gambia on January 23. The game will be the first that the Indomitable Lions will play outside Yamussoukro in Cote D'Ivoire as they will face their next opponent in Bouake. There will be a closed-door training session at 5 pm in Yamussoukro on Sunday. On Monday the team will travel to Bouake where they will play Gambia. The game is a m ust-win match for the five-time African champions after amassing just a point from two group games. Source: Cameroon News Agency

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AFCON 2023: Song admits the superiority of Senegal and sees last match as final

The head coach of Cameroon's senior men's national team, Rigobert Song minced no words while accepting the fact that the holders, Senegal were better than his team. The Indomitable Lions suffered their first defeat at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after a 3-1 loss to the Teranga Lions. Ismaila Sarr, Habib Diallo, and Sadio Mane scored for the defending champions while Jean-Charles Castelleto reduced the deficit for the Central African side. After the match, Song during his post-match reactions accepted that Senegal was better than his team. 'When there is a defeat, we must bear responsibility, and therefore we must admit that Senegal was better than us in the match,' Song said. 'Senegal was stronger than us. Their players were in their places on the field. They deserved their victory. For our part, we have young players in the national team, and they are at the beginning of their experience.' In a game where Cameroon had a slight advantage in possession with 53% against Senegal's 47%, Song highlighted what went wrong with his team. 'What did not go well? I think the players did everything they could during the match, and small details made the difference in the match. We admit that the competitors were better than us.' Song is therefore optimistic about their last game against Gambia as a final for the team. 'I am optimistic. As long as there is a final match, there are no calculations to make. The next match will be a final for us, and I know that we will qualify for the second round.' He concluded. Depending on the result of the match between Senegal and Guinea, a win for Cameron will put the team in second or third position in Group C. A third position will mean the five-time champions will have to qualify through the route of best third-placed teams. Source: Cameroon News Agency

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Cameroon’s U20 Lionesses stun Egypt to secure world cup debut

By Biwah Bryan Cameroon's U20 lionesses have secured their first-ever qualification for the World Cup with a 5-1 aggregate win over The Cleopatras of Egypt. After Cameroon's 4-2 victory in Alexandria, the lionesses returned home to face Egypt in the second leg of the world cup qualifiers at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde Both teams started sluggishly, with Cameroon squandering several goal-scoring opportunities, Egypt who needed a win by a three-goal margin, opened scores in the 40th minute through Habiba Esam to make it 3-4 on aggregate. Despite numerous failed attempts from Cameroon, Lamine Mana finally equalized with a header after receiving a lofted pass from Bernadette Ngaseh, crushing Egypt's hopes. The game eventually ended 1-1, resulting in a 5-3 victory for Cameroon on aggregate and a qualification ticket for the U20 FIFA Women's World Cup. Source: Cameroon News Agency

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AFCON: Aliou Cisse recovering from mild infection after Senegal victory over Cameroon

By Biwah Bryan Senegal coach Aliou Cisse was reportedly rushed to a hospital in Yamoussoukro for an infectious pathology a few hours after his team's 3-1 victory against Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations. According to a release from the Sénégal football fédération, Aliou Cissé has been treated and is currently back in camp with Teranga lions of Sénégal. Aliou Cissé has been at the helm of Senegal's football team since 2015 and led them to victory in the previous African Nations Cup edition in Cameroon This is the second time that the 47-year-old has fallen ill at a major tournament, after being hospitalized at the 2022 World Cup. Meanwhile, Senegal have been outstanding in the current AFCON in Ivory Coast, winning their first two games and securing a spot in the next round. The Teranga Lions of Sénégal will face Guinea in their final group game, where a draw will suffice for them to finish top of Group C. Source: Cameroon News Agency