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Lions in France and Belgium dominates the 32 man list of Antonio Conceicao.



The indomitable lions coach,  Antonio Conceicao on Monday October 26, 2020 published a preliminary list of 32 lions ahead of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers against Mozambique in November. 

Lions based in France and Belgium dominates the list with 12 players and a total of 11 European championships  produced the highest number players in the list with 28 lions.

The classification of the 11 European championships According to UEFA rankings in the last five years. 

1. Spain

2. England



7. Russia

8. Belgium

10. Netherlands

11. Turkey

12. Austria

17. Switzerland

19. Serbia

Some valuable Lions and their European based championships. 

1. Andre Onana.

His is arguably the most valuables player in the list. Plying his trade in four time European champions Ajax, the Cameroon keeper has so far been the best keeper in the continent.  So far this season,  he has made 6 league appearances,  3 goals conceded, 3 clean sheets.  Though the Dutch league is the 10th best league in Europe,  Andre Onana still reminds the best at the moment.

2. Karl Toko Ekambi.

One of Cameroon’s best wingers in recent times, Karl Toko have one of the players the country can rely on. Though he experienced a long period without scoring, he is still an asset to Lyon as he has scored 4 goals in 7 appearances this season. The French Ligue 1 is ranked the 5th best league in Europe.

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3.Andre Zambo Anguissa.

Since making his debut in 2017, Zambo has been one of the main pillars in the midfield of the indomitable lions.  Haven’t made 23 appearances for Villarreal last season on load, the 24 year old returned to parent club, Fulham where he has played six league games plus one assist. The English premier league is the Second best league in Europe.

4. Michael Ngadeu.

Arguably one of the defensive rocks of the indomitable lions,  Michael Ngadeu has been one of the pillers for his Belgian side, Genk  as he has made 7 appearances and helping his club to game two clean sheets in the process.  The Belgian league is ranked the 8th best league in Europe.

5. Ngamaleu Moumi.

Plying his trade in the Swiss top flight with Young Boys, Ngamaleu Moumi is one of the valuable player for Cameroon in recent times. Ngamaleu and compatriot, Jean Pierre Nsame contributed close 65% of the success of Young Boys last season. He has so far made five appearances plus one assist this season. The Swiss league is the 17th best league in Europe.

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6. Eric Chopou-Moting.

Being one of the most experienced in the list, Chopou-Moting is also one those players who bring some hope to the Cameroon football lovers.  Haven’t been in the lions den for over a decade, the former Shalke 04 forward will ones again lead the lions into battle against Mozambique.  He has made four appearances this season and scoring two goals for Bayern Munich.  The German Bundesliga is the third best league in Europe.

7. Vincent Aboubakar.

Haven’t been on the sidelines due to injury, the Besiktas forward is also one player who we can count on. Haven’t scored a monumental goal against Egypt in the 2017 AFCON final in Gabon that gave Cameroon their fifth AFCON crown, Vincent Aboubakar is one of those players that football lovers still hope he can produce goals for team especially when the team is facing goal drought under Antonio Conceicao. The Turkish super league is 11th best in Europe.

Cameroon is set to be in action  in a double header against Mozambique in the AFCON qualifiers next month.


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Bamboutos FC holding Mark O’Ojong back



Reported to be in Tunisia in anticipation for a two-year deal with US Tataouine, Mark O’Ojong is being held back by parent club Bamboutos FC.

The 23 year old is yet to receive a formal ‘okay’ from Bamboutos FC, who at this point, are bargaining for a higher pay package.

The 23-year-old is seriously engaged with Tataouine as he has played in some preseason friendlies already.

The player however, has written to the club together with his entourage and expects a reply by Wednesday.

Bamboutos’ president, Dr. Roger Ngoula, has to put his signature on already compiled documents, but seems too busy.

O’Ojong Mark scored three goals and a couple of assists in as many matches for Bamboutos last season. His on – field heroics gave him the right to captain the Intermediate Lions till early October. however keeps tracking the developments to keep her readers up to speed with the situation.

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Pagou wins tactical battle as PWD holds up Al Ahli



Afeseh Apong,

Sports Writer

Cameroon league one champions PWD Social football Club of Bamenda has played a zero all tie with Al Ahli Tripoli, in the return leg friendly, at the Tripoli International stadium on Saturday afternoon.

PWD defeated Al Ahli 2#1 in the first leg last Wednesday, and coming into Saturday’s game, coach David Pagou made a tactical shift, opting for a back four, instead of his usual back three formation.

Burinyuy Derrick was recalled into the starting XI after watching Wednesday’s game on the bench. Basile Yamkam was brought to his usual right back position, after operating at a wing forward during Wednesday’s game.

Coach Pagou choosed to sacrifice a Midfielder, Aboubakar Mohammed from his starting XI of last Wednesday, so as to accommodate four at the back. He equally preferred a more technical and pacey Enyegue François to start, while he prepared Mbah Louiz and Fegue Omgba to do the dirty job in the last quarter of the game.

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As home side Al Ahli executed a whopping seven substitutions in the game, coach David Pagou stayed calm, and only brought in Fegue Omgba and Mbah Louiz in the last quarter of the game to reinforce his Midfield, sacrificing a wing forward (Tchaoua Leger) and young Midfielder, Enyegue François.

Pagou’s game plan largely centered around staying solid at the back, two holding Midfielders, Ndeh Collins and Vincent Paul Ngondi to cut off the offensive from Al Ahli, while Nchindo John Bosco, Tchaoua Leger and Billy Samin, negotiated all the counter attacks.

PWD’s back four showed great Resilience and a good reading of the game. Nyaba Brian was at the top of his game, as he made a series of goal serving tackles. Burinyuy Derrick was unbeatable in one on one duels.

Leaving Tripoli with a win and a draw from two games, it will not be an overstatement to say that David Pagou has pulled another tactical masterpiece.

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Reacting to the game, coach Pagou said;

It was a CAF standard game, so we’re happy for the results. We thank Al Ahli and the Libyian football federation for this opportunity. We will go back to Yaoundé with good memories of Libya”.

The Abakwa Boys return to Cameroon on Sunday and will immediately go camping in Limbe, ahead of their CAF Champions league preliminary round fixture against Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa.

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Confirmed: John Bosco to captain PWD against Al Ahli



Afeseh Apong,

Sports Writer

18_year_old Midfielder, Nchindo John Bosco will captain PWD Social football Club of Bamenda during their return leg Friendly game at the Tripoli International stadium on Saturday afternoon, against Al Ahli Tripoli.

Coach David Pagou has decided to hand the captains armband to the youngster, following his dazzling performance in their previous games.

PWD defeated Al Ahli 2#1 on Wednesday in the first leg. John Bosco’s 14 minute equalizer was the galvanizing force in PWD’s comeback.

The former Ebaidino FC Midfielder was surprisingly handed the armband after Louis Mbah was substituted in the second segment of the game, upon instructions from coach David Pagou.

With Mbah Louiz set to start on the bench in this Saturday’s game, coach Pagou has decided to give the leadership role to the 18_year_old prospect, despite recalling  regular match captain, Burinyuy Derrick into the starting XI. Derrick watched the entire 90 minutes of Wednesday’s game from the bench, as coach Pagou preferred a back three of Boung Joel Ondoa, Ngwang Brian and Hamzat Ibrahim Onotu, and later on brought in Billy Samin for Hamzat.

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Nchindo John Bosco has scored four goal in preseason friendlies for PWD this far. He scored two against South Sudan, and one in the international Solidarity tourney – Yaounde, before his equalizer last Wednesday in Tripoli. In total, John Bosco has scored 10 career goals for PWD and provided eight assist, since he joined the club from Ebaidino FC in the 2018_2019 season.

John Bosco has been a revelation from last season. His works have started dragging interest from several categories of the national set-up, the Intermediate Lions being inclusive.

According to inside sources, Pagou’s choice of a match captain depends on a player who understands and transmits his philosophy, and he thinks Nchindo John Bosco is one of them.

With Burinyuy Derrick returning to the starting XI for today’s game, and Billy Samin and Yamkam Basile all starting, coach Pagou is going in for a back four, one of the rare occasions where he has shifted from his usual back three. The last time he effectively used four at the back, was in Limbe back in March, during PWD’s 2#1 over Union Sportive of Douala, where he had Njang Romeo, Boung Joel, Burinyuy Derrick and Basile Yamkam.

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