At the end of his working visit to Cameroon as part of the preparation for CHAN 2020 and AFCON 2021 to be hosted by the West African nation, Ahmad Ahmad, CAF’s supremo, made a strong statement on Cameroon’s national radio and television channel (CRTV). Best Quotes:
On the climate
“And even within the same region, there are differences in climate. So if you are really African, if you love Africa, you have to accept it as it is ”
On Cameroon’s preparedness
“I think that there are few countries and especially with a political authority that has invested so much money in the construction of stadiums. This is already a great recognition of the African football confederation. Cameroon has done more than we asked her to do. Stadiums that can even host world cup matches! So there is no doubt about it. As for other aspects such as the organization of the AFCON, we are reassured, but that does not prevent us from setting up this monitoring committee so that we can go day by day from now on to follow the evolution of work still to be done»
“If we set up a monitoring committee it is not to make another decision, but it is to support, there is a difference, it is to support”
“Everything is almost set (for the CHAN). In terms of infrastructure, there are five stadiums that are already available. We have seen the planning of the other stadiums. We are sure that on the eve of the African Cup of Nations, there will be 7 stadiums available. “
On the stakes of the AFCON
“I had this opportunity to speak at length with his Excellency the President of the Republic (Paul Biya). He understood everything about the stakes of the AFCON. We want to perpetuate this competition. We want our young professionals to always come back to the continent to give us the best of themselves. I even appeal to all Cameroonians, let’s go together to organize this beautiful African celebration, so that we can expose to the whole world that Cameroon is a great football nation, and very proud of its children. “
On the broadcasting of matches
“We want matches, we’ll have them; we’ve already paid, but we do not broadcast. But here too we are not closing the door to discuss with African public channels through the UAR, to see together how we can develop the contract that we have established, and the collaboration that we have established. Because beyond this aspect of transmission, of broadcasting, there is also production. We know that some African televisions today have the means to produce matches in the country itself. We are revising but everything cannot be done in two and a half years… We have to meet, discussed and everyone brings his contribution ”
André Marie Awoumou Manga
Jacques Zoua edging closer to a Cotonsport return
Sports Writer Mysoccer24.com
Cameroonian international, Jacques Zoua Daogari, is close to completing a return to 15 times Cameroon league one champions, cotonsport of Garoua.
According to reports, the 29_year_old 2017 AFCON winner, will be returning to his childhood club on deadline day in the transfer window, in the Cameroon professional football league.
The transfer Matching System (TMS) and FIFA Connect systems will officially come to a close for professional league clubs this Friday Octobre 23, at midnight and clubs can only register players again as from January 02, 2021.
According to Cameroon media outlet CFOOT, Jacques Zoua Daogari has already agreed terms with the cotonnites, for a one season contract.
Though the player in question has repeatedly denied media reports of him moving to Cotonsport, sources within the club have indicated that nothing has been finalized yet, though there is still work in progress.
Zoua has been in the country for quite some time now, and was at the Yaoundé Annex one stadium on Tuesday, when cotonsport defeated Futuro Kings of Mongomo 3#0 in a friendly game.
The former FC Kaiserslautern, Basel, Hamburger SV forward, represented Cotonsport in the 2008_2009 season, before leaving for FC Basel. He is a full Cameroon international since 2011, and has accumulated 26 caps for the Indomitable lions.
The Cotonnites are likely to complete two transfer coups, with Thierry Tchuente also expected to sign for the club in the hours ahead, following his return from CS Chebba. The club has been very active in the transfer market, with the likes of Anye Derrick, François Etame, Hervé Ngomo, Abate Lionel amongst others, joining the club early this summer.
David Pagou reassures PWD fans
Sports Writer Mysoccer24.com
The head coach of Cameroon league one champions, PWD of Bamenda, David Pagou is confident that his appointment as deputy coach of Cameroon’s intermediate lions, will not very much affect his job as PWD’s lead trainer.
50_year_old David Pagou was appointed deputy coach of the intermediate lions on Wednesday afternoon, following as decision from a joint MINSEP _FECAFOOT meeting. He will work hand in hand with Martin Ndtoungou Mpile and Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso, to make sure that the intermediate lions are ready for the African Nations championship to take place from January 16, 2021, in Cameroon.
In an exclusive interview with Mysoccer24.com, David Pagou described his appointment as a promotion.
“I am happy because I have been promoted, because it is a promotion, from a club to a national selection. I received it with lots of joy and satisfaction because all the work we do everyday, have been compensated”
Since news of his appointment came out on Wednesday, there has been lots of reactions from PWD fans and football lovers, who believed the appointment came at a wrong time, given that Pagou and his PWD side have been actively preparing for the African Champions league. The tactician is however confident that with the collaboration of his technical staff and PWD’s management, the task will be easy.
“It is true that there is a problem, but I am counting on my hierarchy and especially on my collaborators at PWD, who during my absence will do the job“, David Pagou told this portal.
He added “CHAN is in January and the Championship will be halted, which is an advantage for me. It is true that there is preparations to be done before the CHAN, but when you look at the words of the minister of sports, in mid December, the Championship will be halted and the stadia put at the disposal of CAF. So it will give me time to concentrate with the intermediate lions”.
“There could have been a problem if I didn’t have confidence in my collaborators, but that’s not the case. So I think we will manage it and after the CHAN we will focus solely on PWD. Tama Wango (Technical Director of PWD), and Coach Mayo (Goalkeeper’s coach), the master very well my state of mind and the spirit I want to inculcate in my players. So they will continue in that spirit, whenever I am absent“, said Pagou.
Coach David Pagou and his boys are expected to resume training at the big Mankon Catholic School field on Friday, after witnessing a five days break, following their one month preseason tour out of Bamenda. The team is in negotiations for a friendly game against cotonsport next Wednesday in Bafoussam, which will be their 12 preseason game.
On the other hand, Coach David Pagou and the intermediate lions will be going to camp on Sunday October 25. The coach will be accompanied by his two PWD_intermediate lions soldiers, Nchindo John Bosco and Basile Yamkam. They are expected to spend at least two weeks in camp.
David Pagou joined PWD on September 17, 2019 on a one year deal, and penned a contract extension for another one year, on June 20, 2020, shortly after he guided the Abakwa Boys to their maiden league one triumph.
Four Facts You may not know about Ndtoungou Mpile, Cameroon’s new intermediate coach.
63 year-old Martin Ndtoungou Mpile, has been appointed as the new head coach of the Cameroon intermediate lions.
This comes after Clement Arroga was sacked following a meeting between the minister of sports and the Cameroon Football Federation on Wednesday October 21, 2020 in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Martin Ndtoungou Mpile, is no new name to Cameroon Football as he has managed different categories of Cameroon Football teams.
4 fact you may not know about Ndtoungou Mpile.
–This is the second time he is taken a team to CHAN few months to the competition. He did that in 2016 and now in 2020, he’s doing same.
–He has never won any trophy with all the categories of national teams including the intermediate lions under his care.
–In 2008, he was coach of the Olympic lions during the Olympic games in Beijing, China.
–In 2011, he was the coach of the Cameroon U-20 lions.
Coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile, will be assisted by PWD social club of Bamenda coach, David Pagou and Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso.
Head coach: Martin Ndtoungou Mpile.
First Deputy coach: David Pagou
Second Deputy coach: Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso
Goalkeeper coach: Clement Assimba
Physical trainer: Herve Mamoune
Cameroon is drawn in group A alongside Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Burkina Faso and will be based in Yaounde during the upcoming African Nations Championship to be held in Cameroon in January next year.
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