The mascot of CHAN 2020 was unveiled by the Organizing Committee of the 2020 African Nations Championship during a gala night offered by the LOC to CAF’s Executive members and other invited guests on Wednesday , January 15th 2020.
Named “Tara”, the new mascot presents a lion dressed in Cameroon’s national colors (green, red and yellow) well known to the indomitable lions. His green jersey carries the name of the country in its two official languages (English and French) “CAMEROUN 2020 CAMEROON” and the mascot’s jersey number “237” represents the Cameroon’s international telephone code number.
The name “Tara” has several meanings in the Cameroonian context, depending on the age group and social settings.
In the béti language (tribes of the centre region of Cameroon), Tara literally means “father”
In social settings among the youths who speak the popular urban vernacular language “camfranglais ( mixture of French, English and local languages), Tara means “accomplice”.
This unveiling ceremony is the second in its kind. In December 2019, the local organizing committee had voted and unveiled a first version of the mascot that received an outcry repulsion from the public and social media went wild over the ugliness of the mascot.
The latter was removed from circulation but the name remained; a twinning of several proposed mascots was carried out to deliver what has today been accepted by all.
Fans are now eagerly waiting for the kickoff of the CHAN 2020 that will take place from April 4th to 25th in Cameroon.
16 countries have qualified for the tournament: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, DR Congo, Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Tanzania, Niger, Rwanda, Namibia, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
It should be noted that Tunisia has withdrawn from the competition and will certainly be replaced by Lybia.
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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