AFCON 2023: Cameroon’s qualification hopes in jeopardy following Guinea victory over Gambia

By Biwah Bryan The Indomitable Lions' hopes of reaching the next round of the 2023 African Nations Cup are now uncertain after Guinea's victory over Gambia in their second AFCON match. The lions failed to win any of their 2 group matches, holding only one point in their 2 outings, while Guinea now holds 4 points in 2 outings following their narrow 1-0 win over Gambia. At the moment, Senegal lead Group C with six points, Guinea follow with 4 points, Cameroon with one point and Gambia is yet to have a point. If Guinea manages to beat Senegal in their final match, they will finish at the top of Group C with seven points, and Cameroon's fate will depend on them being one of the top four third-placed teams. However, if Senegal beats Guinea, Cameroon must win their game against Gambia by a wide margin in order to secure second place in the group with goal difference. If Senegal and Guinea draw their final match, Cameroon's fate will still hang on being among the top four third-placed teams, but If Cameroon i s beaten by Gambia then it is over It is important to note that eight teams will be eliminated after the first round, while the top two teams from each group will be joined by the best four third-placed teams to the knockout stage. Source: Cameroon News Agency

Implications of Indomitable Lions loss to Senegal

CNA correspodent in Abidjan Cameroon's senior men's national team is in a tight corner in their bid to qualify for the Round of 16 at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote D'Ivoire. A 3-1 loss to defending champions, Senegal in their second Group C encounter signified a dicey campaign for the Indomitable Lions. Goals from Ismaila Sarr, Habib Diallo, and Sadio Mane ensured that Jean-Charles Castelleto's header for the Central African side was a mere consolation. Rigobert Song's side has a huge task ahead of their final group match against already-eliminated Gambia. They need an outright win to get a top-three finish in Group C and Guinea's 1-0 win over Gambia put them in a dicey situation. Since 1990, Cameroon has failed to make it out of the group stage on three occasions apart from 2012 and 2013 when the team didn't qualify for the tournament. In 1990 as defending champions, Cameroon crashed out from the group stage behind Zambia and Senegal. Six years later, the team also crashed out from the group that has South Africa and Egypt. A similar occurrence took place in 2015 when the team finished bottom of the group that has Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Mali. Apart from 1990, every time Cameroon bowed out at the group stage, one of the teams from their group did go on to win the title. South Africa (1996) and Cote D'Ivoire (2015) won the title the last two times the Indomitable Lions failed to make it from their group. Cameroon has the pedigree to qualify but the team's destiny is not in their hands depending on the result of the game between Senegal and Guinea as well as other teams in the best third-place category. Source: Cameroon News Agency

AFCON2023: I know we will qualify for the second round – Coach Rigobert song

By Muluh Alfred Despite Cameroon's 3-1 loss to Sénégal in their second group match of the AFCON, the head coach of the indomitable Lions remains steadfast in Cameroon's qualification. During a post-match press conference, he stated 'I am always 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.' Assuming full responsibility for the defeat against Sénégal, the head coach added 'When there is a defeat, we must bear responsibility and therefore we must admit that Senegal was better than us in the match.' Coach Song noted that the young players in the team would need more experience to produce better results on such occasions. '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 his view, the players did everything they could during the game, but small details made the difference. 'We admit that the competitor was better than us,' he explained. Cameroon drew their first game against Guinea and heads into the third game with just one point after their loss to Senegal. Source: Cameroon News Agency

NBA: Pascal Siakam impresses in debut for Pacers despite loss

By Muluh Alfred Cameroonian NBA player Pascal Siakam made his debut for the Pacers in an unfortunate 118-115 loss to the Blazers after his blockbuster trade. Despite the outcome, Siakam showcased his skills and proved to be one of his team's top three players scoring 21 points on 9-of-14 shots, accompanied by six rebounds and three assists. 'I'm excited, I think we have the opportunity to do something special and I want to be part of it' Siakam said after his debut. Pascal Siakam only joined the pacers 2 days ago when The Toronto Raptors agreed to trade the two-time all-star basketball forward to the Indiana Pacers in return for Bruce Brown Jr and three first-round draft picks to Toronto. Siakam and the Pacers will face the Suns next on Sunday, then he'll be set to make his home debut against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. Source: Cameroon News Agency

AFCON 2023: Senegal vs Cameroon preview

Cameroon's senior men's national team searches for their first win at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) against defending champions, Senegal on Friday. Holders, Teranga Lions began their title defense with a comfortable 3-0 win over ten-man Gambia. This came after favorites like Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, and Ghana failed to deliver wins in round one. The win extended the 2021 champions' unbeaten run in the competition to eight matches (six wins and two draws). They next face the Indomitable Lions, a team that knocked them out of the cup in 2017. Anything less than a victory for Rigobert Song's side will see them in a dicey situation to qualify for the Round of 16. Early exit seemed unlikely as the Central African side have progressed from ten of their last 11 AFCON group stages. Key to this quest is the return of Manchester United goalkeeper, Andre Onana who has joined the team after featuring for the Red Devils over the weekend. It will be a game Cameroon will have to be up and doing after faili ng to keep a clean sheet in their last three games. Lamine Camara scored two goals when Senegal beat Gambia 3-0 and is expected to play a crucial role for his team. Trying to outdo Camara will be the Lions' lone goal scorer Frank Magri who also scored for his club Toulouse in a 3-0 victory over Camara's Metz in the French Ligue 1 this season. It promises to be a star match of the day as far as the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is concerned on Friday, the same manner as the Cote D'Ivoire vs Nigeria clash was highly anticipated on Thursday. Source: Cameroon News Agency

AFCON 2023: Senegal humble Cameroon in 3-1 defeat

The indomitable lions of Cameroon bowed to the Terenga lions of Senegal in a disappointing 3-1 defeat In their second group C match of the 2023 African Nations Cup. With great tactical prowess, the Terenga lions exhibited their superiority, scoring barely 16 minutes into the game when Pape Sar's precise pass connected with Ismaila who took the shot. Despite some attempts to regain control, the indomitable lions struggled to keep up with Senegal's high pressing and eventually conceded the second goal in the 71st minute through Habib Daillo. Olivier Ntcham then came off the bench to lace one for Jean Castelletto who headed home in the 80th minute, giving the Lions a glimmer of hope. The lions' hopes of equalizing were eventually crushed when Sadio Mane found the back of the net with an assist from Pape Gueye, ultimately ending the game 3-1 in Senegal's favour. This victory secures Senegal's qualification to the next stage of the competition while the indomitable lions of Cameroon must now fight harder to stay in the race for qualification. Source: Cameroon News Agency

AFCON 2023: Cameroon vs Sénégal match Preview, Analysis, possible lineup

The upcoming Group C match between Cameroon and Sénégal marks the fifth time these teams have faced off in the Africa Cup of Nations. Their previous meeting in the group stage produced a Senegal victory in 1990 while Cameroon emerged victorious in their three knockout matches notebly in thé 1992 quarter-finals, the 2002 final, and the 2017 quarter-finals. The Defending champions Senegal impressed in their opening game, dispatching Gambia 3-0 thanks to Pape Gueye's early opener and a brace from Lamine Camara and will be hoping to get a second win. But Standing in their way are Cameroon, who could only draw their first game against Guinea. Mohamed Bayo put Guinea ahead after 10 minutes, before Frank Magri headed in an equaliser early in the second half. Cameroon will rely on Georges-Kévin Nkoudou's ability to create opportunities, as he tallied seven impressive chances in their opening match against Guinea. On Sénégal's side, Sadio Mané and Ismaïla Sarr will be key as they recorded an assist each in their win over Gambia, and have assisted four (two each) of Senegal's last five goals at the Africa Cup of Nations. A win for Sénégal would guarantee their advancement to the next stage, but a victory for Cameroon would keep them in the run while a defeat for Cameroon will complicate their chances of moving forward Senegal and Cameroon's AFCON Squads Senegal: Mory Diaw, Seny Dieng, Édouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, Youssouf Sabaly, Ismail Jakobs, Formose Mendy, Abdoulaye N'Diaye, Abdou Diallo, Fodé Ballo-Touré, Abdoulaye Seck, Moussa Niakhaté, Krépin Diatta, Idrissa Gueye, Pathé Ciss, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Nampalys Mendy, Lamine Camara, Pape Gueye, Pape Sarr, Sadio Mané, Habib Diallo, Nicolas Jackson, Boulaye Dia, Ismaïla Sarr, Iliman Ndiaye, Abdallah Sima. Coach: Aliou Cissé Cameroon: André Onana, Fabrice Ondoa, Dévis Epassy, Simon Ngapandouetnbu, Nouhou Tolo, Junior Tchamadeu, Oumar Gonzalez, Darlin Yongwa, Christopher Wooh, Harold Moukoudi, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Enzo Tchato, Malcom Bokélé, Yvan Neyou, Oli vier Kemen, Frank Anguissa, Ben Elliott, Wilfried Nathan Douala, Olivier Ntcham, Karl Toko-Ekambi, Frank Magri, Vincent Aboubakar, Moumi Ngamaleu, Faris Moumbagna, Leonel Ateba, Georges-Kévin Nkoudou, Clinton N'Jie. Source: Cameroon News Agency

AFCON 2023: Eto’o watches Cameroon training for Senegal clash

Ahead of Friday's group encounter between Cameroon's senior men's national team and their Senegalese counterparts, the Lions had their latest training session on Wednesday. Present to watch the season is FECAFOOT President and former African player of the year, Samuel Eto'o. The session lasted for 90 minutes at the INPHB South pitch, Yamussoukro 48 hours before the crunchy tie with the defending champions. After the training, the team was boosted by the presence of members of the team's premium sponsor. The sponsor visited the team to pump them to victory against the Teranga Lions on Friday. On Thursday, coach Rigobert Song and Georges Kevin Nkoudou will attend the pre-match press conference at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium, Yamussoukro by 11:45 am. The team will hold their final training session on Friday which will last for 60 minutes. The first 15 minutes of the training are open to the media. Source: Cameroon News Agency