Monday, May 21, 2018

Old head Alexandre Belinga begins to shape new-look Cameroon

ESPN  | Alexandre Belinga may only be holding the reins of the Cameroon national side on an interim basis, but this wise old head of the national game appears keen to reshape the squad as the 2019 African Cup of Nations approaches.

The Central African nation are hosting the event and will also enter as holders after pipping Egypt to the continental crown in Gabon in 2017.

However, a disappointing Confederations Cup campaign, failure to reach the World Cup, and the dismissal of AFCON-winning coach Hugo Broos has plunged the nation into disarray, only a year from their hosting Africa’s footballing showpiece.

The 56-year-old Belinga, who represented Tonnerre Yaounde as a player and was part of the national team’s staff under both Volker Finke and Broos, was a sensible choice for interim coach considering his extensive experience with Cameroonian football,

However, the new man doesn’t appear happy just to keep the Lions ticking over.

Instead, even though FECAFOOT are actively seeking his replacement, he appears keen to reshape this Lions squad, at least if his squad list for their upcoming friendly against Burkina Faso is anything to go by.

For his first squad announcement, ahead of the friendly against Kuwait in March, Belinga sought to bring some of the players exiled during Broos’s tenure back into the fold.

Duly, Carlos Kameni, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Allan Nyom were all handed recalls, with Vincent Aboubakar and Christian Bassogog (twice) scoring in a 3-1 victory.

However, the Kuwait game wasn’t merely an opportunity to welcome some familiar old faces back to the fold.

Belinga also handed a debut to 25-year-old Strasbourg striker Stephane Bahoken – a former France U-20 international – with the striker arriving as the new figurehead of what looks set to be a significant recruitment drive ahead of the AFCON.

In the interim coach’s latest squad, ahead of the May 27 friendly against Burkina Faso in Paris, there are more returnees and a few new faces who have an ideal opportunity to make a big impression before next summer’s jamboree.

Edgar Salli is the most high-profile returnee.

He’s never been the most glamorous player, admired more for his shuttling runs and his energy rather than his flair or output in the final third, but his versatility and dynamism make him a valuable addition to the squad.

The diminutive wideman was part of the AFCON-winning squad, and also represented Cameroon at the 2014 World Cup, and he deserves his recall after a series of fine displays as Nurnberg secured Bundesliga promotion.

Ambroise Oyongo also makes his return and ought to slot straight back into the starting XI ahead of the challenges to come.

The full-back wasn’t discarded by Broos, but hasn’t featured for the national side since before the Confederations Cup, when he was laid out with a knee injury that saw him sidelined for the rest of 2017.

He nonetheless secured a January move to Montpellier, and has steadily continued his rehabilitation in France, making three Ligue 1 outings in May.

The 26-year-old has the potential to be one of Africa’s best lateral defenders, and his return represents a major boost for the Lions.

Should Belinga opt to move Oyongo over to the right, he would leave a place for Fabrice Gael Ngah, a revelation with CAF Champions League surprise package Difaa El Jadida, on the left.

The youngster was handed his first call-up to the senior squad by the interim boss against Kuwait, and appears primed for an AFCON berth.

Elsewhere, Bahoken has kept his spot, and joins an attacking unit that contains Karl Toko Ekambi, who received the Marc Vivien Foe Prix for the best African player in Ligue 1 last week.

While Toko Ekambi has been with the national side since 2015, and was an AFCON winner, there’s a sense that he hasn’t truly shown his best form for the Lions, averaging just over a goal every 10 games since making his debut!

He’s been a player transformed for Angers this season, however, contributing six assists and netting 17 goals (40% of the club’s total) as they steered clear of the dropzone.

Alongside Bassogog, Aboubakar, captain Benjamin Moukandjo and another familiar face, Fabrice Olinga, Toko Ekambi is part of an offensive unit that has the quality to fire Cameroon to another African title next year.

Finally, Belinga has opted to draft in another new face, introducing a player who has the talent to be a big asset in the heart of the park.

Pierre Kunde Malong has represented the Lions at U-18 and U-23 level, but only now, after an encouraging season on loan at Granada from Atletico Madrid, is he getting his opportunity with the senior side.

The 22-year-old has impressed in the Segunda Division during a testing campaign, scoring five in 36 outings including an outstanding double against Leonesa in April.

He particularly impressed with Extremadura during the 2016-17 campaign, with his aggression helping him thrive in a destructive midfield role before netting 11 after being pushed higher up the park and being allowed to express himself.

While Kunde may take time to adapt to the international arena, there’s a realistic hope that he could be the long-term successor to ageing captain Sebastien Siani (31) and represents further competition for Georges Mandjeck, Arnaud Djoum, Frank Zambo Anguissa and Frank Boya.

Belinga may not be around long enough to truly enjoy the fruits of this Indomitable Lions shakeup, but if Cameroon do go on to enjoy success and put their misery behind them next summer, then one suspects the new and returning faces being introduced now will play a big part in their title defence.

Cameroon's national day marred by violence in English regions

Cameroon on Sunday marked its 46th National Day amidst growing tension in the English speaking Northwest and Southwest regions.

The day commemorates the 1972 national referendum when Cameroonians voted for a unitary state as opposed to the then existing federal state.

The government chose May 20 to celebrate former President Ahmadou Ahidjo’s abolishment of the federal system of government.

But now, with a lingering crisis in the anglophone regions where armed separatist have been staging attacks to press home their demand for independence, the national day celebration for this year was boycotted in the region.


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Only one of Meghan family member was  present at her weeding, which is her Mum.

Through out the event she was quiet and shading emotional tears.

Meghan gave up every social activities of her life to become a member of the royal family, this includes her acting Carrier, her lifestyle blog, social media pages and her USA citizen.

Breaking: Serious chaotic fighting going on right now between security forces and Unidentified armed militant groups in ikiliwindi mile 10

Today seems to be another fighting Monday as unidentified armed men took over ikiliwindi mile 10 battling the Cameroonian security forces.

According to the report we received the fighting has being on for hours now without calmly sight between the both parties.

Locals are reportedly fleeing their homes to nearby surrounding bushes

Heavy gun battle reported in Bangem between the national defence and pro independence fighters.

All is not fine in Cameroon, fighting erupted in various places just few hours after the country celebrated the National day.

Nigerian: Troops Nab Armed Bandits In Taraba State, Photos

Troops of Sector 3 deployed under the auspices of Operation WHIRL STROKE while on patrol yesterday came in contact with armed bandits along road Manya - Gangun in Ussa Local Government Area of Taraba State and 8 armed bandits were arrested.

Items recovered include; 2 AK 47 rifles, one K2 rifle, 2 Dane guns, 56 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition, 25 K2 rounds, 3 cartridges, charms and phones. They are currently in own custody undergoing interrogation.

Members of the public are once again reminded to report any suspicious activities to the nearest security agency.

You are please requested to disseminate the information to the general public. Thank you for your usual cooperation.

Deputy Director
Army Public Relations

Councillor ‘bans’ 2018 Presidential election in Mbonge

Journal du Cameroun| Until the current crisis is resolved and the people in Mbonge Sub-division settled, there will not be set for any elections. In fact, Mbonge is not ready for any election.”

These were the words of Regis Bawu Abwa, a Councillor of Mbonge Council in Meme Division of the South West Region. Bawu Abwa was speaking at the Kumba City Council Chambers during a recent Council session.

The Councillor said ever since he defied the warnings issued by the Ambazonia Defence Forces that they shouldn’t vote in the March 25 Senatorial elections, he has been living in exile because the separatists have banned him from going to his village, after he voted.

The Councillor said he is not the only person suffering from the predicament. Going by him, other Councillors who voted in the March 25 Senatorial polls have also been barred from going back to their villages.

“The fact that other Councillors, who voted in the last Senate Elections have been warned not to go back to their villages speaks volume about the threats pose by the separatists. I think it is urgent for the powers that be to arrest the Anglophone Crisis before things get beyond control,” the Councillor appealed.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

National Day 2018: We Are Fighting For One And Indivisible Cameroon, Say's Paul Biya

CRTV| The celebration fever began as early as 5:30AM this 20th May when the youth and military invaded the streets, all dressed in uniforms.

Pupils, students, the military and political party members were positioned as they watched the arrival of top government officials.

From 9:00AM, dignitaries arrived following protocol.

The arrival of Senate President Marcel Niat Njifenji announced the coming of President Paul Biya.

In strict military solemnity, the Commander in Chief of the armed forces reviewed the troops mounted under the command of Brigadier General Nouma. The military parade that followed was edifying.

The population was once again treated to the prowess of the men and women in uniform and the richness and diversity of its logistics.
When a contingent from the Nigerian army took its turn, the feeling of sub-regional military cooperation was felt.
Cameroon that shares an approximately 1800 km boundary with the Federal Republic of Nigeria has maintained its historic ties with this country.

Little wonder, Cameroon’s national day is treated with due attention by this brotherly nation headed by Muhammadu Buhari.

Brigadier General Joseph Nouma sounded the end of the military parade when he signaled the Commander-in Chief, Paul Biya.

Thereafter, young Cameroonians took turns to march past.
The dozens of banners brandished relayed messages of unity, love, patriotism, peace and multiculturalism during the second part of the parade.

Enthusiastic primary school pupils, secondary, high school and university students passed in patriotic songs and political parties ended the parade.
The Presidential coupled cheered the different groups determined to make the celebration one with a difference.
At 12:32pm, President Paul Biya and Madam left the ceremonial ground as part one of the celebration ends.

Pamela Bidjocka