Cameroon have another opportunity to lift the elusive women’s Africa Cup of Nations when they play favourites Nigeria in a grand final on Saturday.
The Super Falcons have enjoyed a strong hold on the biennial event but the hosts this term would be hoping to usurp the African football giant.
Cameroon are in the same group – Group A – with Gabon just in time for the upcoming AFCON 2017 scheduled to hold from around January 14 – February 5.
Cameroon, who has won the AFCON competitions four times, will have to battle Gabon, Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau to advance to the quarterfinals of the competition. They are hoping to win their first continental title since 2002.
Football federations often need to take tough calls in order to ensure that the game of football is played in a fair manner.
The football federation in Cameroon came under the radar recently as some of the players were found to be cheating about their age. As many as fourteen players had to be suspended under this allegation.
The case of age fraud might not be serious, but it is a step that needs to be taken by football federations across the world to ensure that the right examples are set and other countries follow suit. Transparency and accuracy of
Cameroon were once one of the strongest teams in Africa, but several decades of instability has destroyed the national team.
Cameroon’s disappointing form continued after their failure to land a win in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.
The goalless draw with South Africa means that Cameroon have managed only two wins in the last seven games. Manager Hugo Broos had demanded improvements prior to the game. Cameroon had managed a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture with South Africa. Despite being the home team and coming in with a lot of prestige as one of the best teams in Africa, Cameroon had to come back twice in the game.
Cameroon have always been regarded as one of the top African teams around, but the team has been going through a horrible spell both on and off the field.
This appears to be slowly changing after they brought in German coach Volker Finke as the new coach of the national team after May 2013. The fact that they did not do very well at the World Cup 2014 was not surprising given that the team was not performing well as a unit. Now, though, things appear to be changing withFinke managing an impressive set of results in recent times.
Cameroon going to the last group D match at the Africa Cup of Nations knowing that they need to win against Ivory Coast in order to secure a place in the knockout stages.
Amazingly, every match in this group has finished as a 1-1 draw. Hence, there could be a possibility of selecting the winner through lots. All the group contenders – Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Mali – have identical statistics after two matches in the tournament.
Cameroon coach Volker Finke says that he is delighted with the form shown by Samuel Eto'o, who continues to remain as the main striker for the national team.
The 32-year-old joined Chelsea in the summer on a free transfer from Anzhi Makhachkala. In the last few years, the form of the former Barcelona man has dropped due to playing in a non-competitive league like the Russian league.
Barcelona's Cameroon international Alex Song says that his current club Barcelona are very much similar to Arsenal in the way they play their football.
Song was brought to the club for around £ 15 million. Even though he is a defensive midfielder, Barcelona have largely been using him as a centre back due to the style of football at the club. They prefer using defenders who are able to bring the ball out and Song perfectly fits into this style being a defensive midfielder.
Cameroon is regarded as one of the strongest teams in Africa, while they are also definitely the most successful as well. They recently managed to qualify for the World Cup after a 4-1 win against Tunisia.