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February
7

achille“A dong die” laments Cameroonian comedian Fingon Tralala everytime he is in a a bit of a quandary. If he watched yesterday”s friendly between Cameroon and Tanzania, he surely did utter that famous line again.The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon were yesterday thrashed a goal to nil by Tanzania. Far from coming as a surprise, this defeat has to some only re-highlighted the dire situation in which Cameroonian football finds itself as it moves from purgatory to hell.  Accusing fingers are pointed at the coach for going to the AFCON to watch potential rivals play – which he could have done on TV-

instead of preparing for the game while the Team manager Rigobert Song rather concentrated on his commitments with a French TV channel. Yesterday”s game did not only

leave the sore taste of defeat in the mouths  of many,  it also left many questions: why were players like Fabrice Olinga who haven”t played competitively in months fielded, why have rumours of  money overpowering talent as the criteria for selection moved from murmurs  to outcries, are the powers that be reluctant to do something drastic, even if illegal, to change the situation. For some, the main and only question is whether this Tanzania defeat is the end of Akono”s latest escapade with the now easily domitable Indomitable Lions? The game was only a friendly so the defeat shouldn”t be that bad but Cameroonians would like to see this losing streak halted now not later. Most of our regulars were absent but that should not justify complacency and defeat.


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January
10

jeanThe highly – anticipated press conference finally took yesterday. During this meet media outing Indomitable Lions” coach Jean –

Paul Akono  made a number of interesting declarations with the most pertinent being that outstanding home-based players could expect to be called to the national team. He also made it known that his main goal is to qualify the team for the 2014 world cup in Brazil. In this light, some experts will  be sent to South Africa during the upcoming 2013 AFCON  to gauge  the D.R.C and Togo, both teams being in the same group as the Lions for the soon-to-begin Africa world cup qualifiers.


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October
15

Hardly have Cameroonia

ns had time to swallow the bitter pill of another absence at the AFCON that former coach Denis Lavigne has gone pointing fingers. In an interview granted to jeuneafrique.com and published today, the former Lions” coach blasted Samuel Eto”o, while acknowledging the striker”s talent, for wanting to be both a footballer, goalscorer, captain, coach and even minister. The Frenchmen went ahead to criticise Jean – Paul Akono, his successor, whom he called a “firestarter – arsonist” , in simple terms a double – edged sword. He equally did not spare others like Roger Milla, Jospeh – Antoine Bell and a host of others. He however had kind words for Iya Mohammed”s management of FECAFOOT. While this outing can be considered an attempt to absolve himself of blame and put some glitter back on his image in the eyes of Cameroonians, one thing stands out : some invasive surgery is needed to remove the cancer that is debilitating the once Indomitable Lions. Who”s next with some finger pointing?


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September
19

According to some print media outlets, a three man delegation made up of Sports Minister Adoum Garoua, FECAFOOT boss Iya Mohammed and Lions' coach Jean – Paul Akono is set to travel to Russia to meet with estranged Indomitable Lion Samuel Eto'o. The alleged purpose of this trip is to convince the striker to call off his rejection of the national team and return to the fold. W

hether this is true or just conjecture or speculation isn't clear but the existence of such stories is adequate proof of the dire situation in which the Cameroonian football brass finds itself. Also when considered that even prior to his appointment as the new coach Akono advocated Eto'o's return, one is tempted to see truth in such reports. The prospect of another non-participation at the AFCON amid rumours of foul management  must prompt such speculations. Vindicated by the Praia defeat, Samuel Eto'o finds himself enjoying much public good will. His messianic position in the eyes of Cameroonian football fans has never been this strong. Such a position easily obliterates memories of an earlier time when the player was thought to be a major part of the problem with the Lions. What a sudden turn in events.

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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
14

The sports soap called Cameroonian football gets a new twist as Indomitable Lions' coach Denis Lavigne gets his marching orders. The Frenchman was fired by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education Adoum Garoua. Olympic gold medal winner and deputy technical director for football Jean – Paul Akono takes over and will be assisted by Electronic Repair Information ng>Martin Ntoungou Mpile hitherto Lavigne's second in command. While the spectre of another non-qualification for the next Nations' Cup is the reason for this sack, some football pundits argue that this is just the culmination  of a process that started when Lavigne wasn't given the longer contract extension , some say, he wanted. This was seen as the beginning to his end as Indomitable Lions' coach. Jean – Paul Akono's coming on the heels of Lavigne's exit however leaves many questions blowing in the wind with the two most pressing being: is he there on interim or permanent basis and can he turn the tide of defeat ?

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