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August
20

After Cameroon’s debacle at the World Cup in South Africa due to Paul Le Guen’s inability to maintain discipline in the squad, there was dire need for a new coach to bring serenity, sanity, victories and regain the stripped off reputation. The Cameroon Football Federation , FECAFOOT may have chosen Spanish Javier Clemente to do this job but his appointment has inflamed mixed feelings across the entire nation of Cameroon and former internationals. The newly appointed coach therefore has an arduous task to revert our failures and restore our trust.

Cameroonian names like Francois Omam Biyik, Akono, Patrick Mboma were initially short-listed to handle the job but to my greatest dismay, Francois Omam Biyik was retained only as assistant coach.

Why not appoint a Cameroonian to coach  the Indomitable Lions ? Is the trending question amongst Cameroonians.

I   sometimes wonder if the ingenuity to coach the Cameroonian squad exclusively belongs  to  European coaches.

A local coach like Akono disproved this myth in 2000 when he won the Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney as coach of the Under 23 National team.

Jacques Songo who was appointed as interim coach for the international friendly against  Poland thrived with his tactics and  also made us believe a local coach can handle the job even better by crushing Poland by 3-0 in Szczezin on the 11th of August.

Eugene Ekeke, a former professional in France and member of the 1990 glorious squad, who also has the highest coaching diploma offered by the French Football Association told SuperSport.com:  “It’s a big disappointment for me. I believe that after decades of hiring foreign coaches to train the national team, Cameroon has the people who can do the job.

We have a lot of former players, both at home and abroad, who have the profile and necessary experience to train the Lions of Cameroon, so I don’t see why we have to go searching for foreigners every time.”

But another point of view is,  if a local coach is appointed, what will be Cameroonians’ reaction if the local coach loses matches ?. Let’s remember what happened to Wome Nlend when he missed a penalty that had to qualify Cameroon for the Germany 2006 World Cup. He received all kinds of death threats and that was the end of his career with the national team. What then will be the fate of a local coach who permanently resides  in Cameroon ?


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August
4

Light has never been thrown to clarify Cameroonians with a succinct reason why former international footballer, Lothar Matthaus’ contract to be coach of Cameroon never matured.

Following an information on the 1st of July 2010, there was dire need for a coach to replace Paul Le Guen after the debacle in South Africa. Notwithstanding the involvement and recommendation of Horst Widmann, Vice president of Puma, in the high profile recruitment bid, the deal has been broken and all contacts between the The Cameroon Football Federation  and the former German international have come to a screeching halt.

According to Lothar Matthaus  in an interview with German Newspaper ”Welt am Sonntag” –  ”my Cameroonian job is unfortunately lost because the wife of the president, who insisted on having me, heard my story”

Four-time husband Lothar Matthaus’ story is nothing but a sex scandal involving his 22 years old wife, Liliana. Pictures of the Ukranian ex-model have been circulated lately over the internet showing her with another man. Due to his sex scandal, Chantal Biya has vetoed the arrival of the German.

The question is ” Is the first lady supposed to influence the selection of coaches ?”

However following a communique by  Tombi A Roko Sidiki of FECAFOOT, today 4th August, Lothar Matthaus’ declarations are  ”unfounded” .


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July
18

Hey people, we just got some videos of  Avin-U C queen, Naomi Achu‘s live performances. We loved these videos. Hope you enjoy too!


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July
17

ZangalewaGolden Sounds or ZANGALEWA is a Cameroonian Makossa group. It was led by a career member of Cameroon’s presidential guard, Jean Paul Zé Bella. The men in the group provided comical musical entertainment, often dressing in military uniforms, wearing pith helmets and stuffing their clothes with pillows to appear like they had swollen bottoms from riding the train and fat stomachs from eating too much. The band is most famous for its song, Zangalewa which was a huge hit in Africa since its release in 1986. The song was also popular in Colombia where it was known as “The Military” and brought to the country by West African DJs. The song made their band so popular that they later changed the name of their group to Zangalewa, which means “Where are you from?”.

Shakira‘s collaboration with FreshlyGround for the 2010 World Cup, produced the song “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” . She shamelessly declared in a press conference that the song was composed by her.

Jean Paul ze Bella has since retired from the presidential guard in 2002 after 30 years of service but his song stands as an icon of Cameroonian military history.

The song is still used today almost everywhere in Africa by soldiers, policemen, boy scouts, sportsmen, and their supporters, usually during training or for rallying. It is also widely used in schools throughout the continent especially in Cameroon as a marching song and almost everyone in the country knows the chorus of the song by heart.

The song, music historians say, is a criticism of black military officers who were in league with whites to oppress their own people.The rest is Cameroonian slang and jargon from the soldiers during the war

According to Jean Paul Zé Bella, the lead singer of Golden Sounds, the chorus came from Cameroonian “sharpshooters who had created a slang for better communication between them during the Second World War”. They copied this fast pace in the first arrangements of the song. They sang the song together for freedom in Africa.

The lyrics, which are in a Central African language called Fang, read like this:

Tsa mina mina eh eh
Waka waka eh eh
Tsa mina mina zangalewa
Ana wam ah ah
Zambo eh eh
Zambo eh eh
Tsa mina mina zangalewa
Wana wa ah ah

Many other artists around the world have previously sampled this song as well. Some of the artists who have sampled the song are:

Some Research Excerpts from Wikipedia.org


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July
14

Following the dismal performance of the Indomitable Lions during the just ended World Cup in South Africa, Cameroon has lost 21 places according to the recent FIFA Rankings published today the 14th of July 2010. CAMEROON is now ranked 40th in the World and 7th in Africa behind Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Algeria and Gabon.

Classement Equipe Pts
juil. 10
+/- Classement
mai 10
+/- Pts
mai 10
1 Espagne Espagne 1883 1 A la hausse 318
2 Pays-Bas Pays-Bas 1659 2 A la hausse 428
3 Brésil Brésil 1536 -2 A la baisse -75
4 Allemagne Allemagne 1464 2 A la hausse 382
5 Argentine Argentine 1289 2 A la hausse 213
6 Uruguay Uruguay 1152 10 A la hausse 253
7 Angleterre Angleterre 1125 1 A la hausse 57
8 Portugal Portugal 1062 -5 A la baisse -187
9 Egypte Egypte 1053 3 A la hausse 86
10 Chili Chili 988 8 A la hausse 100
11 Italie Italie 982 -6 A la baisse -202
12 Grèce Grèce 975 1 A la hausse 11
13 Etats-Unis d'Amérique Etats-Unis d’Amérique 969 1 A la hausse 12
13 Serbie Serbie 969 2 A la hausse 22
15 Croatie Croatie 968 -5 A la baisse -73
16 Paraguay Paraguay 961 15 A la hausse 141
17 Russie Russie 956 -6 A la baisse -59
18 Suisse Suisse 940 6 A la hausse 74
19 Slovénie Slovénie 917 6 A la hausse 57
20 Australie Australie 911 0 Stable 25
21 France France 890 -12 A la baisse -154
22 Norvège Norvège 878 0 Stable -4
23 Ghana Ghana 874 9 A la hausse 74
24 Mexique Mexique 872 -7 A la baisse -23
25 Ukraine Ukraine 870 -2 A la baisse -5
26 Côte d'Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire 843 1 A la hausse -13
27 Slovaquie Slovaquie 829 7 A la hausse 52
28 Turquie Turquie 810 1 A la hausse -20
29 Danemark Danemark 785 7 A la hausse 18
30 Nigeria Nigeria 773 -9 A la baisse -110
31 République tchèque République tchèque 769 2 A la hausse -24
32 Japon Japon 768 13 A la hausse 86
33 Algérie Algérie 759 -3 A la baisse -62
34 Gabon Gabon 755 8 A la hausse 55
35 Suède Suède 747 2 A la hausse -14
36 République d’Irlande République d’Irlande 734 5 A la hausse 25
37 Israël Israël 733 -11 A la baisse -124
38 Pérou Pérou 726 15 A la hausse 148
39 Colombie Colombie 725 -4 A la baisse -51
40 Cameroun Cameroun 710 -21 A la baisse -177
41 Ecosse Ecosse 699 2 A la hausse 0
42 Roumanie Roumanie 697 -14 A la baisse -156
43 Bulgarie Bulgarie 672 -4 A la baisse -39
44 République de Corée République de Corée 660 3 A la hausse 28
45 Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 646 3 A la hausse 35
46 Honduras Honduras 644 -8 A la baisse -90
47 Venezuela Venezuela 592 2 A la hausse -16
48 Belgique Belgique 589 11 A la hausse 48
49 Costa Rica Costa Rica 584 -9 A la baisse -126
50 Lettonie Lettonie 579 -4 A la baisse -73

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July
12

SPAIN LIFTS THE WORLD CUP 2010 TROPHY

Posted In: NEWS, Sports by The Administrator

The 19th Edition of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa has successfully come to an end with SPAIN lifting the trophy at the Soccer City Stadium beating the Netherlands by 1-0.

In a nail-biting, rough-and-tumble match that went into extra time tied, 0-0, it was Andres Iniesta breaking free in the penalty area, taking a pass from Cesc Fabregas and putting a right-footed shot from 8 yards just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg with about seven minutes left to play, including injury time.

Even with their first World Cup title tantalizingly within reach, they failed in the final for the third time. This one might have been the most bitter because, unlike 1974 and 1978, the Netherlands was unbeaten not only in this tournament, but in qualifying for the first World Cup staged in South Africa

For years, Spain has been a disappointment in the biggest tournaments. Now, it has joined West Germany and France as the only nations to hold the world and European titles at the same time.

WELCOME BRAZIL 2014.


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July
11

The World Cup has always been an event which creates a feeling of nostalgia . Not just because of the football spectacle but the theme songs for the event. Memory lane, I can still remember, Un’estate Italiana by Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini in Italy 1990 as though it was yesterday.

Gloryland by Daryl Hall with Sounds of Blackness in USA 1994, and La Copa de la Vida by Ricky Martin in France 1998. Boom by Anastacia was the official song in 2002. In 2006, it was The Time of Our Lives by the Il Divo quartet.

Ohhh ohhh ohhh ohhh ohhhh, oh oh oh ohhh ohhh ohhhh ohhhh

Ohhh ohhh ohhh ohhh ohhhh, oh oh oh ohhh ohhh ohhhh ohhhh

Give me freedom, give me fire, give me reason, and take me higher

See the champions, take the field now, you define us, make us feel proud

In the streets are, exaliftin, as we lose our inhibition,

Celebration it’s around us, every nation, all around us

Singin forever young, singin songs underneath that sun

Lets rejoice in the beautiful game.

And together at the end of the day.

We all say

When I get older I will be stronger

They’ll call me freedom just like a wavin’ flag

Somali-born K’NAANs World Cup theme song ”Wavin’ Flag” was definitely the

most captivating song during the just ended World Cup In South AFRICA. The melody and style had the African undertone and the song hit the charts for almost 3 months. Many speculated that this song was going to be the official World Cup Song.

The Columbian singer Shakira just broke with a highly controversial song ”Waka waka” (It’s Time for Africa”) featuring FreshlyGround which made the entire Vuvuzela nation go gaga. The song ”Zangalewa” is borrowed from Cameroonian 1986 hit makers Golden Sound. This song was such a hit that the group became known as ”Zangalewa”.

Za mina mina eh eh

Waka waka eh eh

Za mina mina zangalewa

Ana wam ah ah

Zambo eh eh

Zambo eh eh

Za mina mina zangalewa

Wana wa ah ah

The song is a fusion of African traditional and western instrumentation with back-up vocals from Black Mambazo.

International songstress, Kelly Rowland collaborated with 2Face Idibia (Nigeria), Awadi (Senegal), Chameleone (Uganda), Samini (Ghana), Krotal (Cameroon), Rola (Lebanon), Jozi, Kwesta, Slikour and Zuluboy (South Africa) for the tournament’s MTN new track Everywhere You Go. Steve Morales produced the song, which is also part of the official World Cup compilation CD.

Kenya’s Eric Wainaina will also have a share on the big stage.

Akon sang with Keri Hilson ”Oh AFRICA” . Some speculated that this was going to be the official FIFA 2010 World Cup song.

International award winning R&B king R Kelly is also in South Africa having collaborated with the Soweto Spiritual Singers to sing Sign of a Victory, yet another World Cup song.

“I wanted to get into the (African) mood, so I got books about Africa and football. I believe in doing research on a project this big. “Anyone who didn’t wear anything resembling African clothing wouldn’t dare step into my studio,”he is quoted to have told the press when asked about the composition of his World Cup song.

WHICH OF THIS SONGS MARKED THE EVENT?




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July
9

The Minister of Sports Michel Zoah has declared that all his colleagues should pay back the premiums they collected during the recent campaign in South Africa. According to MINSEP officials, the premiums amounted to about 200 million CFA francs.


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July
9

Information speedily circulated on the 7th of July relayed from French media , L’Equipe (page 4) and Info Sport about Iya Mohammed soliciting Paul Le Guen to renew his contract as coach of Cameroon to 2014.

The President of the Cameroon Football Federation decided to blow a whistle to end the unjustified rumours. Following an emergency meeting with his senior staff on Thursday, July 8, 2010, Iya Mohammed, the president of FECAFOOT, through his Secretary General, Tombi A Roko Sidiki declared that  Mr. Iya Mohammed had a telephone conversation with Paul Le Guen since June 29th, which was not a proposal to extend his contract . This simply suggests that Paul Le Guen must be responsible for conveying the information to Canal + which was also picked up by other medias.

http://www.fecafootonline.com/?lng=1&module=media&idrub=97656&idnews=82632


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July
8

WAX

On the 6th of  July,  in How To Get Back My Lost Love Who Now Loves Someone Else ternationally acclaimed Somali/Canadian hip hop artist, K’naan and Cameroonian star, Wax had the capacity of about 25 000 strong crowd at the Durban Fan Fest™ on their feet.

Fans were enthusiastically waving thousands of flags and rocking to the popular World Cup tune, ”Wavin’ Flag” as they screamed their support.

With the fans’ cheers still ringing across the beach, Netherlands met Uruguay and the cheering continued as supporters encouraged their teams to a win on the big screen. At the end of 90 grueling minutes it was the Netherlands who took the first semi-final 4-1 to the delight of ecstatic Durban fans.

Yesterday, 7th July, the Beach Festival opened  with entertainment for the whole family from Cameroonian artist , Wax. Spain’s 1-0 victory over Germany was historic.

Kudos and keep rocking !!!

K'naan and Wax backstage

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