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September
28

Samuel Eto'o has once again made his way into the headlines. After a meeting with the Prime Minister along side the head coach and team manager, the Anzhi frontman has ended his boycott of the Indomitable Lions and can be counted on for the do- or- die match against Cape Verde in Yaounde. While his imminent return has been greeted by a  groundswell of  hope and enthusiasm , for some it has triggered some troubling questions. One is whether his return and the surrounding circumstances aren't going to resurrect old demons. In return years, the Lions were plagued by what can be called the Eto'o dependence syndrome, with some players resenting Eto'o's  huge , some say overbearing,  role in the team. Is his return, after intervention fro

m high State authorities not going be to be as unsettling as before? Given the context, his return can be interpreted as the transformation of the Eto'o dependence syndrome into the Eto'o idolisation, a worse form of the troubling Eto'o dependance syndrome. This leads to another issue: can and should an entire nation cast all its hopes on the shoulders of one man ( It is another feather on his already – crowded cap but what does it say of the country and its values generally)? Let's remember that his return is no guarantee that we will slot three goals with no response from the modest but lethal Cape -Verdians. The urgency with which State authorities have hurried to lure the errant Lion back into the pride seems to suggest the team will undoubtedly sink without him – is that true? These are just questions but they seem to once again betray our love for palliative and not curative solutions in the face of  a well-known  opponent like non-qualification. Below is a copy of Eto'o's letter to say he will return to the national team.

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September
26

It would seem that the rumours were true after all: ace musician and social critic Lapiro de Mbanga has fled the country. For a while now speculation was rife that the artist and his family had fled the country, to take up residence in the U.S.A. Despite the consistency of these speculations, it was difficult to verify their credibility. However a September 5 facebook post from General Valsero, with whom he collaborated on the highly – controversial track “démissionerhow to get a divorceg>” upon release, seems to confirm theses reports. In his words, General Valsero says “… l'artiste lapiro de mbanga est en ce moment en cavale avec toute sa famille il croule sous les menaces téléphonique et les intimidations….” (translation – … the artist Lapiro de Mbanga is presently on the run with his entire family he  has been incessantly threatened over the phone and intimidated..). Other sources have reported that the artist has been granted asylum in the U.S. A book detailing his trial and the reasons for his exile is said to be due for release soon. Even after serving a suspiciously – unfair jail term,  “Ndingaman” seems set for a new episode in his recently – roller coaster life. Whatever the case, it evident that his exile is a major loss for the Cameroonian music scene.

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September
24

Is there trouble in paradise? This is the question worth asking after a lengthy facebook post today from music producer Dijay Chuucss. In this post, the producer accuses Mumak exec Jules Nya of  saying funny things behind his back. This is after the Mumak exec reacted to a blog article to say that Dijay Chuucss has NEVER produced any track for Jovi and

that Jovi mixed and mastered not most but ALL of the tracks on his recently – released H.I.V. album. Dijay Chuucss goes ahead to reproduce excerpts from his correspondence with Jules Nya. He also adds that “…..I knw i am your biggest threat JULE NYA bcuz my production is out standing...” This incident comes as a shock to most who, from the collabos and featurings, had always seen a semblance of unity between these two music industry insiders. Pending a reaction from Jules Nya whom we tried in vain to get a hold of and in case these allegations turn out to be true, this could be an indication of the grey backdrop to the glam and charm that the music industry keeps portraying .

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September
19

Makossa music owes its origin from the Duala tribe in Cameroon. Delving back in 70’s, Cameroon music was internationally embraced with a myriad of artists like Francis Bebe, Eboa Lottin, Misse Ngoh ,Manu Dibango, Dina Bell, Sam Fan Thomas etc printing indelible marks in the music market.  Excerpts of Manu Dibango’s music have been used by Michael Jackson , Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez to make incredible hits. Makossa witnessed a tremendous downswing with the infiltration of soukous , ndombolo, coupe decale etc in Cameroon in the early 90s. Did Petit Pays and Kotto Bass devalue makossa ? . Cameroonian makossa artists injected a high tempo and adulterated the melody believing it could be more commercial. The rich, and sophisticated genre of music called ''Makossa'' has now been dwindled to a sequence of regular bass patterns and rhythm which takes very little time and energy  to produ

ce. Seasoned and adept Cameroonian makossa producers like Sam Fan Thomas , Edgar Yankeu , Ndedi Eyango and Romeo Dika can testify this .

 A deluge of music fans across the world have been jiving to popular Nigerian songs like ‘E no easy’’ ,’’oyoyo’’ produced by J Martins, ‘’Girl’’, ‘my beautiful baby’’ by Bracket ,’’Kedike’’ by Chidinma, just to name a few which I think are pirate versions of makossa music which originates from Cameroon. Shakira was equally ensnared when she copied from Zangalewa to make an international hit. Nigerian artists have been thriving across the world with this genre of music which sounds like makossa . It now seems 'de rigeur'. ''Kukere'' by Iyanya is just a quintessence .

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September
18

As the entire Cameroonian football family tries to swallow the bitter Cape -Verdian bill, the advent of Jean – Paul Akono has provided pundits, fans and critics alike extra fodder for debate. Is the new coach good enough, can he put the Lions' mane and claws back in place? This swell of doubt and sceptism far from being usual football banter is an indication of one strange fact : Cameroonians still hope their team will qualify. Despite the herculean nature of

the qualification task, Cameroonians still hope to qualify and have logically placed these hopes on the shoulders of the new coach. Reasonably speaking though , it is wrong to put such high expectations on the shoulders of one man. Akono may be the best coach on planet earth but if he is stranded with a tired, uninspired and unmotivated bunch in a disorganised setting, his credibility will be useless. So instead of asking the question of whether Jean Paul Akono is the right man for the job, we should rather ask whether the present footballing dispensation in which the Lions find themselves can enable them envisage qualification. If the answer is no then the coach is impotent and of course no he can't is the answer. Jean – Paul Akono may unfortunately be the right man for the wrong job.

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September
13

Cameroon 0, Cape-Verde 2 right after Eto'o rejects a call -up to the National Team after a suspension after a strike after disputes after the Lions lose out on the last African Nations Cup. This is the series of events that have occupied Cameroon football fans, pundits and authorities in recent times. These happenings can all be summarised into one reality: the Indomitable Lions have become domitable. Forget the chaotic and translucent management of the Football Federation and the spill-over effect on the entire Cameroonian football set-up. Forget all this and ask yourself one question: isn't it normal to lose at times? Isn't it normal for things to go wrong every now and then. Could the noise surrounding the Cameroonian football in recent years not simply be because we're not winning? If we had been winning, will people care how the Federation is managed, how local football fairs and whether or not Eto'o accepts a national team call-up ? Since the Indomitable Lion's emergence as a footballing power

house in Africa in the 80's and the 1990 exploit, an aura of invincibility has draped the squad. It has equally raised expectations which fans think must always be met. But the question asked here is whether we aren't just going through a rough patch like before. Is the federation really that badly managed and is there any correlation between a poorly-managed FECAFOOT and the Lions' field output? Right after Italia 90, our footballing prowess slumped, remember the 94 World Cup, until we resurfaced again in 2000 and reigned till 2004 before another recession set in. Do we mean do to say during those years of success the problems decried so passionately today weren't there? Or maybe they were there but nobody cared because “en tout cas , on gagnait”. If this is the case then maybe the problems in the national team aren't that grievous but are blown to some unreasonable proportion by the sour sting of defeat. Aren't there countries with professional football structures who are in our situation? Take South Africa for example. For fear of retribution(lol) let me modulate and suggest that our footballing problems aren't that bad but are made to look worse because of our understandable aversion to defeat. Am I lying? N/B This piece is not and should not be construed as an excuse for the bad management of football or mediocrity.

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August
31

Challenging the coach’s choices, leading a strike action, and now this: refusing to honour a national team call-up. The Eto’o Indomitable Lion’s saga seems to have no end. By publicly refusing to honour a highly-anticipated national team call-up, Samuel Eto’o has created a precedent in Cameroonian football circles which in recent years has suffered the scourge of infamy. While wars of opinion rage on the (un) patriotic nature of his act, those Cameroonians who were fed up with the status quo have resurrected from their shallow graves with joy. Eto’o’s action is the cataclysmic event that will flush out the ruining cabal, they think. While this is a widely-held expectation, let’s not forget that those who are comfortable with the status quo are embittered. If anything positive comes out of this stand, Eto’o may have scored his most splendid goal yet by dribbling past tradition and expectation to take a stand. He has endeared himself to those yearning for change. But wait  a minute, he may also have bought himself atonement for his past transgressions. If the present  FECAFOOT edifice comes crashing from this fit of frustration, Eto’o stands to be most kindly looked upon when this generation of footballers, and even others, are being judged by history.


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August
23

”Je ne donne pas le lait” hit-maker Duc Z  has unveiled the video of his new opus ‘‘African mamy” off his forthcoming LP ”Evolution 2.0”. The release of this beguiling song’ under Moyhold has stirred controversy amongst Camer Hip hop pundits as many have considered the song as a stride to outplay ”Mboa Girl” crooner Prosby in a ”King of  R&B” joust which off course involves former band-mate Franky P. The self-proclaimed ”King of Camer RnB ” has had much to explain to the press as his new single has a similar theme and video concept to Prosby’s ”Mboa girl”. Things however look good for the R&B star under the MOYHOLD record label, as we have trending news of a possible collaboration  with Singuila, Baponga , Douty and Wayne Beckford. ”Afrika Mamy” was directed by NS Pictures .

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July
16

Rigobert Song obtaining a sports educator diploma, “Brevet d’Etat 1” , has recently made headlines. And so what, you will ask. Under normal circumstances, this shouldn’t have triggered any special interest or piece like this one but it has. The broadcasting of Rigobert song obtaining this diploma is unsettling to some of us because it fuels a myth, a fantasy and ultimately a dangerous convoy of illusions: former Lions must get involved in football matters. This notion is fundamentally erroneous and misleading  because it rests on the shoulders of another myth: non-former players cannot manage football or a team. To those on this side of the pond, successful football management is the preserve of former players. It is worth saying at this point that this view has been proven wrong timelessly. Doubting Thomases like some of us would like to know how a decade and half of scoring goals in Europe  helps one manage an institution. How does trying to stop flip-footed attackers help one squeeze the best out of a pack of emotionally and interest diverse  humans? Some of us beg to differ. Former Indomitable Lions must not always have a hand in managing football matters. Non-sporters can successfully do that job. Rigobert Song or any other former Lion obtaining a diploma does not justify his coaching the national team one day. Any body can manage football they just need to get the job done when they get there.


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