Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hugo Broos says Clinton Njie’s soccer career at stake

Yaounde,Cameroon—Cameroon head coach, Hugo Broos has warned, Clinton Njie might let his career pass him by if he “does not change his ways.”

 Broos fired the warning shot recently at the Marseille striker in a press conference in Yaounde as he justified his 23-man squad for the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Njie, who was part of the squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon early this year has not had a look in at the squad since then as Broos dropped him first for the friendlies against Tunisia and Guinea in March.

He was later dropped alongside seven players who won the Afcon trophy in Gabon for different reasons.

“If he [Clinton Njie] is not going to change, he will lose his career totally. He must change his attitude and put in the work required. Even Ronaldo or Messi are always working hard,” Broos told a press conference.

“If he [Clinton Njie] doesn’t understand that, then it is a pity for him. He will never become a great player even when he has the qualities,” Broos stated saying the Cameroon international striker could ruin his career.

Broos told a press conference in Yaounde that Njie’s performance has been poor since the Gabon expedition. He said instead of concentrating on the field, the striker who has played 22 games and scored four goals since joining the Indomitable Lions in September 2014 has resorted to indiscipline, thinking he’s the best, “which doesn’t work.”

Njie started the first two games of the Africa Nations Cup against Burkina Faso and Guinea Conakry but failed to register a shot on target as he was soon relegated to the bench for the rest of the competition.

He was criticised for his performance and work rate by Cameroon football legend Roger Milla in Gabon and in a show of dissent was caught on camera refusing to shake hands with the legend though the pair later made peace.

Even at club side Olympique Marseille, Njie has managed just four goals and an assist in 23 assist in 23 appearances throughout the season.

Other players who were in Gabon but may not feature at the Confederations Cup in Russia include goalkeeper Jules Goda,  forwards Franck Boya and Salli Edgar and defenders Mohammed Djetei and Nicolas Nkoulou who announced he has retired from international football after the Gabon expedition.

Schalke04 striker, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting who snubbed a call for the AFCON in Gabon but returned to the team in March was not also included on the list of players Broos named on 18 May.

Cameroon will play in group B of the FIFA Confederations Cup alongside Chile, Australia and Germany.

According to the Indomitable Lions coach, the level of the Confederations Cup is higher than that of AFCON and Cameroonians should not be surprised that the African champion may be eliminated after their first three group games.

“It is not because we are champions of Africa that we should think we can defeat everyone. The level of the confederations Cup is higher than that of the African Cup of Nations. We are going to meet world champions, if you take Chile from South America for example, it means the team is better than Brazil, Argentina,” Hugo Broos said.


By Ndi Eugene Ndi

Indomitable Lions poised to lift Confederations Cup trophy in Russia

Yaounde, Cameroon—After winning the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are now poised to lift the trophy of the FIFA Confederations Cup tournament in Russia later this month.

The much-coveted FIFA Confederations Cup trophy made a stop-over in Cameroon on Friday June 2 in a final stop of a tour of the eight countries set to compete at the global tournament in Russia later this month.

On behalf of the Indomitable Lions, midfielder Sebastien Siani promised they are going to Russia to win the trophy to honour the memory of Marc Vivien Foe, a former midfielder of the team who collapsed on the field during the 2003 Confederations Cup semi-final between Cameroon and Colombia and later died in France.

Like Siani, the President of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT), Tombi a Roko Sidiki was optimistic that the five times African champions will lift the trophy as a mark of honour to the continent.

“We are not only representing the country Cameroon but the continent and our ambition is to win the trophy,” Tombi said.

Olivier Dacourt, who was part of the France teams that lifted the trophy in both 2001 and 2003 and now part of the FIFA Legends team accompanying the trophy tour urged the team maintain the 2017 AFCON steam and win the trophy.

“Winning the Africa Cup of Nations was a real feat for Cameroon the important thing is that they keep up their momentum,” Mr Dacourt said.

Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russia, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon that will be participating for the third time.

No African team has ever won the Confederations Cup. The best performance to date by the continent’s representatives in the competition remains that of Roger Milla’s country that reached the final in 2003 but lost to France.

While the trophy left Yaounde back to Russia, the Indomitable Lions who have been training in city since Monday also left for Malabo in neighbouring Equatorial Guinea where they will camp till June 8.

They will welcome Atlas Lions of Morocco in their first AFCON 2019 qualification match on June 10 before travelling to Madrid, Spain for a friendly against Colombia on June 13, according to the official program of the team.

The African champions will then move on June 14 for the FIFA Confederations Cup from June 17 to July 2 in Russia.

Cameroon will play in group B of the FIFA Confederations Cup alongside Chile, Australia and Germany. Their first game of the global tournament against Chile on June 18 will be staged at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.

By Ndi Eugene Ndi


Sunday, May 28, 2017

‘Assou-Ekotto wants to be a pornstar’—Birmingham City manager says

Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp has played down talk of reconnecting with former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto, claiming that the defender "wants to be a pornstar" instead of a footballer.


The former Spurs boss has managed the left-back twice before, but made a shocking revelation when asked would he sign him for Birmingham City.

Redknapp managed the Cameroon international at White Hart Lane before bringing him to QPR on loan when he took the Rangers job after moving on from Spurs.

Assou-Ekotto currently plays with French Ligue 1 club Metz, but has been linked with a move back to England to link up with Redknapp for a third time.

Despite the speculation, Redknapp was quick to play down a move for the 33-year-old, joking that the left-back has other things on his mind away from football.

"He was mad, Benoit, but do you know what? I think I’m mad as well," Redknapp joked on the Spurs Show Podcast .

"I got a phone call - it’s the gospel truth. I agreed I might go to Birmingham and suddenly I get a phone call from this guy.

"‘Oh Mr Redknapp, I’ve got a fantastic player for you’. Oh yes? ‘One of your old players’. Yes?  'Benoit'. No! But seriously you know what? I’m thinking: 'Yeah!' Somewhere inside I’m thinking I can get him going again.

"The only trouble is that he’s admitted he wants to be a pornstar. Maybe I can get another year out of him before he decides to do that.

"What a good player. He could well end up in the Birmingham colours next year, Benoit."


Culled from goal.com

Saturday, May 20, 2017

20th May: Nkambe defies “unpatriotic boycott calls,” celebrates in pomp

Nkambe—“In defiance of unpatriotic calls for a boycott,” the people of Nkambe central subdivision in the Donga Mantung Division of the North West region joined the rest of the country in commemorative activities marking the 45th National Day on Saturday May 20.


Chaired by the Senior Divisional Officer for Donga Mantung, Ngone Nodemessappe Bernard, the activities at the Nkambe municipal grandstand featured a military and civilian past.

Commanded by Captain Bamu, the military march past which preceded that of civilians was led by troops of the 25th Motorised Infantry Battalion (BIM) that is lodged in the town.

Government Francophone Practising School Nkambe and her thrilling majorette led the parade of educational institutions after the Red Cross and Boys Scouts.

Among other educational institutions that took part in the march past were Government Bilingual High School (GBHS), Government Technical High School (GTHS), Government Teachers Training College (GTTC) and Christ the King Teachers Training College, all of Nkambe.


Conspicuous among the many socio-cultural, economic groups and associations that took part in the National Day parade was the female football team of Bang Bullet FC of Nkambe who received thunderous applauds from the tribune.

Three political parties—including the Social Democratic Front (SDF) of Ni John Fru Ndi were shortlisted for the parade in Nkambe but it boycotted.

Led by the section president, Ngala Gerard the ruling Cameroon People Democratic Movement (CPDM) largely dominated the march past with the presence of about 2,000 militants with some carrying posters displaying messages like “the Donga Mantung I section of the CPDM says yes to social peace and national unity.”




The UDP of Alaji Bako sealed the march past which also marked the end activities that lasted for over two hours.

Speaking to reporters after the march past, the SDO for Donga Mantung said though the usual numbers recorded in previous celebrations was not there this year, “you’ll agree with me that the quality was there.”


“We’ve witnessed a very qualitative march past and I take this opportunity to congratulate all those who participated in one way or the other to bring about the success of today’s celebrations. Here, I am thinking of the various committees, the schools, the political parties—particularly the CPDM that mobilised their militants and they came out in their numbers,” Ngone Ndodemesssappe Bernard said.



 “I also wish to thank the population of Donga Mantung and Nkambe in particular who have come out in their numbers in defiance of the unpatriotic calls for people to stay at home,” the senior administrative officer said further.

The 2017 national Day was celebrated under the theme, “Army and the nation in full synergy for a Cameroon, united in its diversity and devoted to its ideals of peace, stability and prosperity.”


By Ndi Eugene Ndi in Nkambe

Friday, May 19, 2017

‘Warriors’ join CPDM anti-ghost town march in Nkambe

Nkambe—Members of the ‘the Mfuh’ (society of warriors) joined militants of the ruling CPDM party in an anti-ghost town march on Friday May 19.

Holding banners with inscriptions like “CPDM Donga Mantung I says no to ghost towns,” the about 2,000 militants marched from the Nkambe community hall to the municipal grandstand of the town where preparations for the celebration of the National Day were being finalised.

The walk was the hallmark of a joint section conference of militants of the three wings of the CPDM in the Donga Mantung I section, Nkambe.

Speaking during the conference that rallied hundreds of militants, supporters and sympathisers of the ruling party, Donga Mantung I section president, Ngala Gerard said the conference was in line with the party’s statutes which requires that sections hold such twice annually.

Holding on the eve of the celebration of the National Day, the section president said it was “strategically scheduled as a billed up to the day.”

Ngala Gerard told attendees that the head of state, chairman of the CPDM party had understood the grievances posed by lawyers and teachers which are being “properly addressed.”

Enumerating some of the moves to address the grievances, he said government announced the special recruitment of 1,000 science and technical teachers and a FCFA 2 billion as special subsidy for lay private and confessional schools in the country.

Ngala Gerard reminded CPDM militants that the Head of State has ordered a yearly integration exercise for contract Basic Education teachers into the public service, while the ministry of Secondary Education has since been redeploying teachers according to their linguistic and educational system training.

The Donga Mantung I CPDM section president said after the creation of a common law bench at the Supreme Court and a similar department at ENAM as requested by lawyers, the government recently launched an entrance examination for Anglophones into the school among others.

Ngala Gerard however regretted that while the striking professionals were exercising their fundamental rights, recognised by the law of Cameroon, some individuals stepped-in and orchestrated violence.

 “Nobody has the monopoly of violence, but we in the CPDM we believe in peace, reason why we have not relent our efforts in calling for peace,” he said.

By Ndi Eugene Ndi in Nkambe


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

MTN Business broadens its range of products and services with Office 365 by Microsoft

George Mpoudi, General Manager MTN Business, MTN Cameroon/Courtesy
Douala, Cameroon—The leader of telecommunications in Cameroon, MTN and Microsoft, announce the commercialisation of Office 365 services for enterprises through MTN Business, the telecom giant’s entity dedicated to companies.

Office 365 is a service that enables to use the latest Microsoft Office version (PC or Mac installation and mobile devices) and a set of Cloud services such as OneDrive, Exchange Online, Skype Enterprise, SharePoint Online, Yammer... through monthly or yearly subscription unlike is the case with classical Office Suite licences.

Office 365 is a set of products and services that ease the production of content, sharing, team work and communication in real time between colleagues or groups from fixed or mobile terminals through Cloud Computing.   

MTN Business, thanks to its capacity as Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider in the Central and West African zone, can therefore sell the Office 365 suite and propose value added mobile solutions.

The availability of this new offer in Cameroon through MTN Business is the fruit of a strategic partnership signed between the MTN Group and Microsoft in 2015 in order to provide clients in Africa with Cloud Solutions.

“These solutions notably target small and medium enterprises in need of affordable, efficient and collaborative productivity solutions. These SMEs can therefore focus on their core business while we provide them the necessary local assistance”, declared Georges Mpoudi, General Manager, MTN Business at MTN Cameroon.

He later added that, “Office 365 is just the beginning. The partnership with Microsoft shall in future enable to provide other propositions of innovative value”.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

MTN Resumes Sponsorship Of Cameroon Champions League

Yaoundé—The local subsidiary of South Africa mobile telecom firm, MTN will resume sponsorship of the Cameroon soccer league one and two championships five years after it backed out allegedly due to poor relations with the country’s football authorities.

Cameroon Elite two club, Bang Bullet FC of Nkambe 
The telecom giant’s Cameroon CEO, Philisiwe Sibiya made the disclosure after an audience the Minister, Secretary General at the Presidency of Cameroon, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh granted her on Friday March 17.

The MTN Cameroon CEO told the press that she discussed the modalities of the sponsorship with the chief scribe of the Cameroon state house as the mobile telecommunications network firm is about to sign a contract with the Professional Football League of Cameroon (LFPC) to sponsor local soccer for the next three years.

“We will be sponsoring the premier leagues one and two. We are hoping that it is going to go beyond just three years. As Africans we all share the passion of football,” Philisiwe Sibiya said.

The firm sponsored Cameroon’s premier league from 2002 but backed out a decade later and since then, the national divisions one and two championships have been limping due to lack of sponsorship.

The launching of the 2016/2017 football season in the country for instance witnessed repeated postponements largely due to a chronic logistics and financial deficiency.

The telecom firm had been investing in soccer in the country financially and infrastructural wise. It had helped in promoting sports in Cameroon, especially football through a total financial disbursement of FCFA 7 billion for the organization of the league one and two championships from 2002-2012; about FCFA 700 million annually.

MTN also rehabilitated two major stadia in the country’s Mbouda and Guider stadia in the West and North regions respectively.

Though the telecom giant’s new sponsorship is yet to be signed, soccer promoters in the five times African football champions see the resumption of sponsorship by the telecom firm a sigh of relief.

Kengong Johnson Bang, president of Bang Bullet FC, a local league two side in the country said he was happy with the announcement.

By Ndi Eugene  Ndi