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CAF Qualifiers Proper Begins In November



The Confederation of African Football (CAF) 2021 qualifiers proper would kick-off on November 13th November, 2019 following the completion of the plenary rounds of the AFCON 2021 qualifiers.

Over the weekend the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced date for the qualifiers proper beginning in November 13th, 2019.

The continental body has released classic fixture and date for all the eight (8) groups of four (4) teams The Gambia is pitted in group D with Dr. Congo, Gabon, and Angola whom the Scorpions to rub shoulders with in their first match leg to Angola schedule for 13th of November, 2019 at Estadio 11 November in Lawanda in 20:00 hours GMT.

The Scorpions would fly back to Banjul for their second match for the qualifiers at home to Dr. Congo scheduled for 18th of November, 2019 at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

According to CAF qualifiers would resume in 2020 when the scorpions of The Gambai plays way to Gabon in match 3rd on 31th August 2020 in Libreville.

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Three (3) more match would be at hand for the Scorpions when the host The Panthers of Gabon later in 2020, the Leopards of Dr. Congo and Angola’s Palancas Negras to cap of series of the right to be at the total AFCON 2021 in Cameroun.

Meanwhile the scorpions of The Gambia had all left Banjul including head coach Tom Saintfiet to their European bases for club duties after Gambia edging out Djibouti 3-2 on penalty shootout.

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One goal in one year, can Conceição’s 11 forwards end goal drought?



Afeseh Apong,

Sports Writer

The head coach of the Indomitable lions of Cameroon, Antonio Conceição recently published a list of 32 players that will begin camping ahead of their double header AFCON qualifiers against the OS Mambas of Mozambique.

The list constitutes 4 Goalkeepers, 10 defenders, 7 Midfielders and 11 forwards. The Portuguese tactician is seemingly prioritizing the attack line, as his side has repeatedly failed to find the back of the net in bigger occasions.

Antonio Conceição, head coach of the Indomitable lions of Cameroon

António Conceição da Silva Oliveira officially took over as the lion’s head coach on October 04, 2019. Since then, he has been in the dugouts for the five times African Champions in four official games.

Shockingly, the team has scored just once in those four outings. Moumi Ngamaleu’s 69th minute goal at the Stade Regional de Nyamirambo in Kigali on 17 November 2019, still stands as Cameroon’s only goal scored during Conceição’s one year, 23 days stay as head coach of the Indomitable lions.

Other games against Tunisia, Cape Verde and most recently against Japan, have all ended goalless. Though Conceição can also boast of not conceding a goal in over one year, there are doubts if his newly summoned 11 man Forward line can solve his side’s goal scoring “wahala”.

The Indomitable lions of Cameroon

The last time Cameroon scored more than one goal in a game, was during the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, in their last game against Nigeria, on July 06, 2019, with Stephane Bahoken and Clinton Njie on the score sheet. By then, the name Antonio Conceição was not known or heard anywhere near Cameroon.

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Taking a closer look at Conceição’s newly summoned 11 man Forward, Eric Choupo, Sidiki Aboubakari, Toko Ekambi, Aboubakar Vincent, Zobo Stephane, Ngamaleu Moumi, Bahoken Stephane, Tabekou Serge, Clinton Njie, Ayuk Éric, and Christian Bassogog, many football pundits are still not convinced if Conceição will have a “killer”, amongst them.

Captain Choupo Moting recently completed a move to Bayern Munich. Though he has scored twice with the Bavarian giants, he is not a regular with the club. Karl Toko Ekambi seems to be in fine form with Olympic Lyonnais, but has always failed to deliver when the national team comes calling. Stephane Zobo is yet to make an impact at Toulouse, while the lone home based player, Aboubakari Sidiki recently left league one side, Union of Douala, for third tier side, international FC. The Most Valuable player of the 2017 AFCON, Christian Bassogog, is just returning to club duties and Clinton Njie, is yet to hit top gear with Dynamo Moscow.

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Serge Tabekou and Ayuk Eric are yet to be familiar with the den, While the sixth top scorer in the history of the Cameroon national team, Vincent Aboubakar, is gradually picking steam with Besiktas. It is not a coincidence that Moumi Ngamaleu scored the lone goal of the Conceição’s reign and is still part of the squad.

With a solid Midfield and a reassuring defence, Conceição will have to now work on his attacking force, as he continues to look for a “Tueur”, “killer“, as in the words of coach Yves Clement Arroga.

The Indomitable lions will host Mozambique on November 12, before travelling to Maputo for a return leg, four days later. Conceição will be hoping that his 11 forwards repay the confidence he has given them, as he searches for his second goal and second win since he took over as coach of the Indomitable lions.

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Antonio Conceição summons 32 lions, as Omossola returns to the den



Afeseh Apong,

Sports Writer

The head coach of the Indomitable lions of Cameroon, Antonio Conceição, has summoned 32 players for their double confrontation against Mozambique next month.

Cameroon will face the Os Mambas of Mozambique twice next month, in the AFCON qualifiers. The games will be played on November 09 and November 17 repetitively.

Goalkeeper simon Omossola makes a sensational come back into the lions den, following his brilliant performance at AS Vita club. Other returnees include the likes of Bagnack Franck Macky, Djoum Arnaud Clinton Njie, while  Zobo Stephane has been handed his maiden call up.

The list consist of four Goalkeeper’s, 10 defenders, seven Midfielders and 10 forwards.

Complete list



1_Andre Onana (Ajax Amsterdam)
2_Ondoa Fabrice (KV Oostende)
3_Blondy Noukeu (Stoke city)
4_Omossola Simon (AS Vita club)


5_Fai Collins (Standard Liège)
6_Onguene Jérôme (RB Salzburg)
7_Ngadeu Michael (Gent)
8_Bagnack Macky (Partizan Belgrade)
9_Moukoudi Harold (AS Saint Etienne)
10_Olivier Mbaizo (Philadelphia Union)
11_Jean Charles Castelletto (Nantes)
12_Ngouyamsa Ahmad (Dijon)
13_Ngah Fabrice (Raja Casablanca)
14_Oyongo Bitolo (Montpelier)

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15_Kunde Malong (Mainz)
16_Zambo Anguissa (Fulham)
17_Djoum Arnaud (Al Raed)
18_Jean Onana (Royal Excel Mouscron
19_Eteki Brice (Granada)
20_Hongla Martin(Antwerp)
21_Oum Gouet Samuel (Altach)


22_Eric Choupo Moting (Bayern)
23_Sidiki Aboubakari (Union of Douala)
24_Toko Ekambi (Lyon)

25_Aboubakar Vincent (Besiktas)

26_Zobo Stephane (Toulouse)

27_Ngamaleu Moumi (Yong Boys)

28_Bahoken Stephane (Angers)

29_Tabekou Serge (Royal Excel Mouscron)

30_Clinton Njie (Dynamo Moscou)

31_Ayuk Éric (Omanslispor)

32_Christian Bassogog (Henan Jianye)

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AFCON 2023 to be held in June and July.



The 2023 AFCON to be held in the Ivory Coast will now take place in the the summer of 2023. 

This comes at a time when football world governing body (FIFA) confirmed that, the 2022 Fifa world cup will take place in November and December, putting CAF in a delimma wether to maintain the winter period or scheduled the tournament to the summer of 2023.

But with the recent outing of the acting Secretary General of CAF,  Abdel Bah  who revealed that the 2023 AFCON will be played in June and July rather than the tournament’s normal schedule in winter.

The Pan African Football body’ s Secretary General further disclosed details that have been decided for the date of the following edition of the tournament.

“As of today, the 2023 nations cup is planned for June/July because,  to make it clear,  in the regulations we have decided to play all nations cup in June/July”, Bah told BBC sport Africa. 

“The nations cup in Cameroon after the request of the Cameroon authorities,  was postponed to January/February.  As of today, we haven’t received the same request from the Ivorian authorities”.

It should be noted that, CAF recently postponed the 2021 AFCON which was to take place in January/February 2021 but was pushed to January/February 2022 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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