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AFCON 2021: Discover The New Dates set for the Event in Cameroon



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The dates of the AFCON 2021 initially planned between June and July 2021 in Cameroon have been revised to be played 6 months earlier, that is to say between January 9 and February 6, 2021.

This is the information that emerges from the opening remarks of the Cameroonian Minister of Sports and Physical Education , president of the local  organizing committee of CHAN and AFCON 2021, Pr Moelle Kombi . he made the statement during the working session between CAF’s executive committe members led by Ahmad Ahmad and the Cameroonian local organizing committee (COCHAN). Pr Moelle Kombi evokes unfavorable weather conditions for the organization of the CAN in June.

“We want to say straight away, here, loud and clear, in Cameroon, that throughout the territory, from North to South, from East to West, that the period from June to September – I speak under the control of the director of meteorology […] – corresponds to the great rainy season. In Douala, for example, during this period, it rains daily […] In this respect, we will be attentive to the important decisions which will be taken within the framework of this meeting […] for the interest and the glory of African football ” [extract courtesy]

CAF President Ahmad Ahmad had earlier mentioned in an interview on the french world radio -RFI that CAF had to be “flexible” with its dates due to the climatic conditions in certain areas on the continent. But is this decision solely motivated by climatic conditions?

The ever pending issue of the AFCON dates

As soon as he rose to the head of the African football body, Ahmad Ahmad, CAF’s supremo and his executive committee had decided to shift the AFCON dates to summer (June / July) and increase the participating teams from 16 to 24. The 32nd edition of the AFCON, Egypt 2019 was the first test of this date changes and it was a success in terms of participation of foreigned based African players; the concern for the release of the players by their employers (clubs) did not pose any problem given that the European football seasons were drawing to an end (NB: The players based in Europe constituting the main body of the AFCON 2019)
It should be recalled that under the old CAF regime masterminded by Issa Hayatou, one of the workhorse was the maintenance of the AFCON in January / February, which displeased the European clubs, forced to release their African contingent. Others went further by putting their players in difficulty, treaterning them with the loss of their starting place if they ever went to the AFCON.

  • Some figures from AFCON EGYPT 2019
  • 552 players, divided into 24 teams
  • 60% of the players in this AFCON  (326/552) sell their trade out of Africa, most of them in Europe.
  • Guinea, Senegal and Cameroon had no players playing on the continent, Algeria and Guinea-Bissau had summoned only one, Morocco and Ghana two, Mali and Nigeria three.
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Is CAF drawing back to the old system?

FIFA has launched its Club World Cup of 24 clubs which will be played in June / July each year and this announcement has certainly made CAF think twice about playing in June with risks losing world audience if the AFCON is maintained to be played during the same period.
CAF therefore had to renegotiate the AFCON dates, thus returning to the classic January / February period. In good agreement with the Cameroonian authorities, the CAF executive committee negotiated a back pedaling with the Local organizing committee – COCAN so that the AFCON is played in January / February and it’s Cameroon which will carry the proposal to the public place in good diplomacy in order that CAF does not lose face. It is nevertheless true that the period of June in tropical Africa is that of the great rains, a situation which can contribute to shy fans away from  the stadiums.

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Will Cameroon finally be ready?

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Japoma stadium, Douala

The country of Samuel Eto’o had seen AFCON 2019 slide towards Egypt and had been awarded the 2021 AFCON. Since then, the infrastructure works required by CAF have been slow to be completed, even if for the most part,  an estimate of more than 80% of work done can be visible.
According to some indiscretions, CAF came to Cameroon with a proposal of a co-organization of the sporting event with a neighboring country; this proposal received a firm opposition by Cameroon’s Prime Minister, representing the government and who earlier in the day received CAF’s president.
The probable dates of AFCON 2021 would be from January 9th to February 6th, 2021. The qualified teams will be known no later than November 9, 2020.
In a few hours, CAF will publish a press release at the end of the work in progress.

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Tournoi de Solidarité: Fortuna vs Fauve Azur fail to produce winner in the finale




AS Fortuna and Fauve Azur, have played a draw in the final of the Tournoi de Solidarité played this Sunday in Mbankomo. Tight 2#2 after 90 minutes, both sides again produced a scintillating 13#13 in the penalty shootout, till night fall.

Goalkeeper moïse pouaty made a great save just three minutes on, to prevent Fauve Azur from taking the lead.

The two sides struggled to get a veritable goal scoring opportunity in the first quarter of the game. Fortuna resorted to counter attacks and Ako Loïc at the 17th minute of the game produced Fortuna’s first short on target, which was well saved by Goalkeeper Nkari Daniel of Fauve Azur.

With a heavy downpour that started shortly after kick-off, the pitch became practically unplayable, forcing central referee, Ngwa Blaise to halt the game after 36 minutes.

When play eventually resumed, Fortuna took the lead at the 39 minute, through Beken Franck. A score which they protected till the break.

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Fortuna continued to press hard in the second half, as coach Oumarou Sokba of Fauve Azur brought in Onana Victor, to replace Kunde Junior.

On the side of Fortuna, Onana Rodrigue ceded his place to Bessong Junior.

Fortuna’s starting XI vs Fauve Azur

Fauve Azur multiplied several attacking moves, and drew the equalizer at the 73rd minute, when Fortuna’s center back, Penda Gabriel deflected Ibrahim Faidou’s shot into his own net.

Goalkeeper moïse pouaty of Fortuna pulled an incredible double save at the 75th minute, to stop Fauve Azur from going in front.

At the 78th minute, Fortuna’s Bessong Junior capitalized on a defensive lapse from Fauve Azur, to put Fortuna ahead.

All hopes seemed lost for Fauve Azur, untill substitute, Victor Onana produced a moment of magic at the 82nd minute, with an acrobatic drive that got Goalkeeper Moïse pouaty rooted.

With the game tight at 2#2 after 90 minutes, both sides proceeded to penalty shootout. Moïse pouaty saved one penalty for Fortuna but rattled the cross bar with his kick. The penalty shootout failed to produce any winner, as both teams were tight 13#13, forcing referee Ngwa Blaise, to end the game.

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The final will be replayed in 72 hours (Wednesday October 28, 2020)

The preseason tournament that was organized to prepare some elite teams for the upcoming football season, has been going on for over a month, at the CAF Excellence center in Mbankomo.

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Tournoi de Solidarité: Oyili FC wins U17 finale



Afeseh Apong,

Sports Writer

Oyili FC of yaounde has beaten Ancinfoot 5#0, to win the final of the Tournoi de Solidarité in the U17 category. The final was played this Sunday at the CAF Excellence center in Mbankomo.

Adan Mveng put Oyili in front a the seventh minute of play, when his fine left footed strike got Goalkeeper Sidoine Koularaba beaten.

Two minutes three minutes later, Essomba Antoine Loïc made it two nil, finishing an excellent individual move down the right flang from Ngono Effa Stevy.

After conceding two early goals, coach Serge Ateba of Ancinfoot, effected two substitutions at the 20th minute, injecting fresh blood.

Oyili’s full back, James Ndjeungoue was the first player to enter the referee’s books, following a nasty challenge on Ancinfoot’s Etoundi Ondoa Pierre.

Ancinfoot improved much in the last quarter of the first segment, but needed a fine save from Goalkeeper Sidoine Koularaba to prevent further casualty from an ambitious Oyili.

Ancinfoot’s starting XI

Just two minutes into second segment, Essomba Antoine Loïc  fired Oyili FC three goals up, ending all hopes of a comeback from Ancinfoot.

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Nguh Daniel Junior  put the game beyond Ancinfoot’s reach, with a fine finish 26 minutes into the second half.

A late penalty from Ondo Jean completed the assault for Oyili FC, as they won 5#0.

The young Oyili FC side maintained the score till the end, thereby claiming the trophy of the first edition of the Tournoi de la solidarité, in the U17 category.

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Club Friendly: Options Sports Academy Host Nkamanyi FI In Limbe



Fabris Kehdinga

Sports Journalist-Cameroon

Sunday October 25, 2020

Limbe Community Field 3pm.

Ambitious Limbe based SW regional league Side, Options Sports Academy, will host Nkamanyi Football Innitiave of Kumba, this Sunday ,as both sides continue warming up ahead of the 2020-2021 football season expected to begin on Saturday November 7.

The game expected to produce fire works is the third preparatory match for Options Sports Academy of Limbe,recording impressive results in the process.

The boys of passionate president Henry Neba Awanto,held current Cameroon elite 1 one Champions PWD Social FC of B’DA to a 1#1 draw game ,before being humbled by another elite side , Panthere Sportive of Nde 0#2.

Last Sunday ,the talented club defeated elite 2 side OFTA of Kribi,in their backyard by 1#0 in a dramatic clash at the Afan Mabe Stadium
This Sunday’s game will give fans the opportunity to have a tip of the iceberg before November 7.

The two newly promoted teams have always been fierce rivals to their opponents.
It is a must watch match,Call it Super Sunday.

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