Tag: Cameroon

Nigeria, Gabon others receives Fifa Punishment

Nigeria, Gabon others receives Fifa Punishment

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Fifa has handed out punishments to eight African nations for various offenses committed during September's 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Gabon fielded an ineligible player - Merlin Tandjigora, who should have been suspended - in the 3-0 home defeat by Ivory Coast on 2 September. The Panthers effectively escape with a fine as the main sanction for the error is to forfeit the match 3-0. Several teams suffered similar sanctions in 2014 World Cup qualifying. Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has been fined just over US$30,000 and issued with a warning after fans invaded the pitch when they beat Cameroon 4-0 on 1 September. DR Congo were also given a warning and also handed a major fine, forced to pay Fifa around US$20,000, for incidents during their match against Tunis...
Kenya stripped of hosting rights for CHAN 2018

Kenya stripped of hosting rights for CHAN 2018

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Kenya has been stripped of the right to host the CHAN 2018 following a Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive committee meeting in Accra. The decision was announced at a media conference after a one-day meeting headed by Caf's president Ahmad. The Confederations of African football (CAF) announced that the decision to move the tournament was made "in light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country." The 16-team tournament for locally-based players only, is scheduled to take place between 12 January and 4 February 2018. A Caf inspection team visited Kenya from 11 to 17 September 2017 and found that only one of the four venues was ready to stage the event. Some Caf officials in Accra also expressed concern about t...
Youssoufa Moukoko:12-year-old scores 3 for Germany

Youssoufa Moukoko:12-year-old scores 3 for Germany

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C The father of a 12-year-old boy who has scored three times in two under-16 internationals for Germany has rejected doubts about his son's true age. Cameroon-born Youssoufa Moukoko followed his debut goal against Austria on Monday with a double against the same side in a 2-1 win on Wednesday. He has also scored 13 goals in five games for Borussia Dortmund Under-17s. "Straight after the birth, I registered him at the German embassy in Yaounde," said his father, Joseph. "We have a German birth certificate." According to his official birth certificate, Moukok was born on 20 November, 2004 in Cameroon. There have been some questions in the German press over the youngster's true age, but the German Football Association (DFB) has said all the paperwork is in order. "The DFB ...
African Champions fail to qualify for World Cup

African Champions fail to qualify for World Cup

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African champions Cameroon cannot qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia after a 1-1 draw with Nigeria in Yaounde on Monday. The result means Cameroon have just three points from four matches and can no longer finish top of Group B. Nigeria took the lead after 30 minutes through Moses Simon after the ball broke to him in the area. Cameroon equalised in the 75th minute as substitute Vincent Aboubakar scored from the penalty spot. The other fourth round match in this group sees Algeria host Zambia in Constantine on Tuesday. A win for Zambia will take them to seven points just three behind Nigeria with two games to play while Algeria must win to keep alive any slim hopes they still have of going to Russia. Cameroon, the African Champions dominated the opening ex...
Broos admits Cameroon’s World Cup hopes are over after Nigeria defeat

Broos admits Cameroon’s World Cup hopes are over after Nigeria defeat

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Hugo Broos admitted that Cameroon's 2018 World Cup qualification hopes are all but over following their 4-0 defeat to Nigeria on Friday in Uyo. The Super Eagles are top of Group B on nine points after three matches, seven ahead of African champions Cameroon. They meet again in Yaounde on Monday, with Broos admitting there is nothing but pride at stake. "There is no pressure anymore on Monday, Nigeria have nine points, we have two points," Broos said. "But there is only an honour to defend, there is no importance to this. I just hope my players will have the same mentality that I have - that they will fight on Monday till the last minute - to beat Nigeria. "If we had won this game, we would have a chance, but we lost it and I hope everyone will learn from this." Goals from...
2018 World Cup: Crucial games for Africa’s hopefuls

2018 World Cup: Crucial games for Africa’s hopefuls

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Algeria, Ghana and African champions Cameroon face a crucial week of 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Cameroon coach Hugo Broos admits their World Cup campaign is doomed if they do not take at least four points off Nigeria in back-to-back clashes. The Group B rivals meet in Uyo on Friday and then in Cameroon's capital Yaounde three days later. "Should we fail to achieve that target, I do not think it will be possible to qualify for Russia," Broos said. Nigeria top the group with six points after two rounds, Cameroon have two and Zambia and Algeria one. Broos is hoping for an away draw and a home victory that would reduce the gap between the countries to one point. The final two qualifiers will be played in October and November with only the five group winners progressing to pla...
Iwobi ruled out of Nigeria’s game against Cameroon

Iwobi ruled out of Nigeria’s game against Cameroon

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Nigeria have suffered a blow ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in Uyo on Friday, after Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi withdrew from the squad with a thigh muscle strain. The 21-year-old will also miss the away leg against African champions Cameroon in Yaounde on 4 September, according to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Iwobi was due to join the Super Eagles training camp on Monday after Arsenal's Premier League game at Liverpool on Sunday. Iwobi, the nephew of legendary Nigeria star Jay-Jay Okocha, had played in Nigeria's first two World Cup qualifiers against Zambia and Algeria, scoring in a 2-1 win in Zambia in October last year. He has been replaced in Nigeria's squad by CSKA Moscow striker Aaron Samuel, who was placed on standby last week. S...
Rigobert Song resumes coaching role with local Cameroon team

Rigobert Song resumes coaching role with local Cameroon team

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Former Cameroon captain, Rigobert Song, who suffered a brain aneurysm ten months ago, is preparing for his first coaching mission with the home-based national Cameroon side. The local Indomitable Lions are away to Sao Tome and Principe on Saturday in the first leg of the latest round of qualifiers for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) - a tournament which is contested by footballers playing in their own domestic league. Song has called up 20 players for the two-legged tie ."Initially I had no idea about Sao Tome and Principe, but I have done my homework to know their playing style," Song told BBC Sport. "I have prepared my team to help them give their best performance and put our opponents in difficulty". Song resumed his coaching job just months after suffering the br...
Ahmad says Cameroon needs ‘to convince Caf’ it can host Afcon

Ahmad says Cameroon needs ‘to convince Caf’ it can host Afcon

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hmad The Confederation of African Football (Caf) president, Ahmad, says Cameroon still needs "to convince Caf of its ability to host" the 2019 Afcon. Speaking on a trip to Burkina Faso, the Caf President gave his clearest indication yet that Cameroon could be stripped of hosting rights for the newly extended event. The 2019 Nations Cup will feature 24 teams instead of 16 and president Ahmad confirmed an inspection team will visit Cameroon later this month. "Cameroon will have to work to convince Caf on its ability to host the event,"Ahmad said. "We will send the experts and we will decide at the end of their inspection mission" he added. On Friday, Cameroon government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary revealed details of the eight-day inspection visit which will begin on 20 Augu...
African Cup of Nations expanded to 24 teams

African Cup of Nations expanded to 24 teams

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The African Cup of Nations will be contested by 24 teams when the next tournament takes place in 2019, says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf's executive committee rubber-stamped the proposal on Thursday at a meeting in the Moroccan capital Rabat. Africa's flagship sporting event has featured 16 teams since 1996. A decision on whether the finals will be moved from January and February to June and July is still awaited. The expansion of the tournament could create problems for Cameroon, which will host the next finals, with the Central African nation's sports minister having to deny reports that preparations were behind schedule this week. The move follows a two-day symposium organised by Caf president Ahmad to discuss the state of African football. Further ...