African Athletics Championship: Cameroon Medallists Honoured

They were received by the sports minister on Thursday, September 1st.

 

As the saying goes, “better late than never”. Three months after taking part in the 20th edition of the athletics African championship, Cameroonian medallists at the competition were received and paid their bonuses by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education on Thursday September 1st 2016. Speaking during the ceremony, Bidoung Mkpatt said Cameroon demonstrated a good fighting spirit in the competition which earned them five medals. The effort, he said, is worth encouraging as the country is proud of their performance. He urged the athletes to emulate the example of the double Olympic gold medallist, Françoise Mbango so as to give honour to Cameroon.

The president of the athletics federation, Motomby Mbome disclosed that Cameroon emerged 9th out of the 270 participants with five medals to their credit; one gold, two silver and two bronze. He pleaded for more athletes to take part in international competitions such as the upcoming world championship to take place in London. He said the federation is banking on the kids as specified in 2028 vision of the federation saying the federation will create regional training centre across the country.

Out of the 12 athletes who took part in the competition, only four won medals namely; Auriole Ndongmo who won gold in the short put event, Mbumi Sandrine who won two silver medals in long jump and triple jump, Ngo Ngoa Sarah who won bronze in the long jump event and Djoumessi Fernand who equally won the bronze medal in high jump. The competition was dominated by host, South Africa, followed by Kenya in the second position and Nigeria in the third position.

2017 AFCON Qualifiers: Cameroon Wallops Gambia 2-0

Benjamin Moukandjo’s 38th minute penalty kick and Toko Charles’ 53rd minute grounder following a corner kick kept Cameroon shining in last Saturday AFCON – Gabon 2017 qualifier match against visiting Gambia at the Limbe Cameroon had already sealed its qualification for Gabon next year at the helm of group M when they beat Mauritania 0-1 on 3 June in Nouackchott this year. 

With last 3 September win over Gambia in Limbe, Cameroon continued its invincibility on their new Limbe Omnisports home-turf inaugurated 26 March this year with a disappointing 2-2 draw against South Africa. 

Opening hostilities at 3.30 pm, Saturday, at the sumptuous 20.000-sitter Limbe Omnisports facility, the Scorpions appeared more enthusiastic and made early incursions into the Indomitable Lions camp compelling keeper Ondoa Farice to spectacular saves. The Gambians obtained successive corner kicks. The half-full stadium maintained their cheers for the Lions. The Lion’s head-coach, Hugo Broos, remained calm and the tide overturned 38 minutes later when the Lion’s attacker, Toko Charles, was brought down by the Gambian’s defender, Jallow Lamin, in their penalty zone.

The Ghanaian central referee, Joseph Odartei Lamptey, sounded his whistle and pointed indisputably to the penalty spot. Moukandjo, the Lion’s captain, landed the ball in the Gambian net for a curtain-raiser plucking the smile of Sports and Physical Education, Ismael Bidoung Mpatt, who had worked so hard to secure a hitch-free encounter in Cameroon.

Play resumed for the second half and the Lions continued pressure henpecking the Gambians and invading their backyard. Toko benefitted from a goal-mouth tussle following a corner kick and bulleted a second goal leaving the Gambian keeper, Jobe Modu, helpless on the ground. The last 15 minutes of the match saw both coaches changing players. Play intensified but produced no more goals till Lamptey sounded his final whistle.

2016, 2019 AFCONs: Spain Offers Equipment

The equipment comprising balls, jerseys and training equipment were received on Friday by Minister Bidoung Mkpatt, representing the Head of State.

 

True to his word that Spanish companies were going to offer assistance to Cameroon in the organization of the 2016 and 2019 AFCONs, the Spanish ambassador to Cameroon, Jorge De Orueta Pemartin on Friday, September 2nd, offered a consignment of sports equipment offered by the three leading Spanish clubs, Athletico Madrid, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. The equipment was received on the behalf of Cameroon by the minister of sports and Physical Education, representing the Head of State, in a ceremony at the Yaounde Sports complex on Friday September 2nd.

Speaking during the ceremony, the Minister Bidoung Mkpatt expressed gratitude to the Spanish government saying the event was a hallmark in Spanish-Cameroon relations in the domain of sports and serves as a prelude to the formalization of the relations between the two countries with an accord. He said the equipment which comprise balls, jerseys, videos, books and other training equipment will enable the national selections prepare well for the 2016 and 2019 AFCONs.

The Spanish ambassador who happens to be a former tennis player said he realised Cameroonians love sports with some of them putting on jerseys of Spanish clubs and even the national team corroborating the minister’s view that the event opens the way for deeper cooperation between Spain and Cameroon. He expressed the wish that the 2016 AFCON should be a success in every sense saying the Lionesses have a new supporter in his person.

Bilateral relations between Spain and Cameroon began in 1961 and since then Spain has served as a springboard for many Cameroonian athletes such as Thomas Nkono, Idriss Carlos Kameni and Samuel Eto’o. Spain also served as the training ground for the female volleyball national selection ahead of the Rio Olympics. Cameroon coincidentally also took part in its first World Cup in Spain in 1982.

Ambiance: chantons sous la pluie

L’averse tombée pendant pratiquement tout le match n’a pas douché l’enthousiasme des fans.

Comme quoi, une équipe déjà qualifiée peut attirer encore du monde pour son dernier match de poule. Constat effectué ce samedi 3 septembre au Stade omnisports de Limbe, qui abritait la rencontre Cameroun-Gambie. Un public ayant répondu présent, donc, et qui a donné de la voix tout au long de la partie. Chants, sons de trompette, olas à répétition, valse de drapeaux camerounais ont été servis par des supporters régulièrement parcourus de frissons d’excitation.

Les premières montées de température sont enregistrées quand quelques joueurs camerounais viennent en reconnaissance sur l’aire de jeu. Adolphe Teikeu, et plus tard Fabrice Ondoa au moment de son échauffement en compagnie d’Alioum Boucar arrachent ainsi des cris au public. Entre-temps, Ngando Pickett et sa bande de drilles peinturlurés auront fait leur entrée, avec le succès habituel. Tiens, pour le coup une autre bande servira le même numéro, avec en vedette un danseur bedonnant peint de vert-rouge-jaune. Le défilé d’une « association de mascottes » et la fanfare de la gendarmerie présente achèveront l’échauffement côté ambiance. Les supporters peuvent donc commencer leur match.

Quelques minutes après le coup d’envoi, un débordement de Toko Ekambi sur le côté gauche donne le ton. Dans les tribunes, beaucoup se lèvent pour « accompagner » son action. Les « Ooh ! » de dépit, ponctuant des actions non concrétisées, vont se succéder. Puis, à l’entame de la 40e minute, un mini séisme secoue le stade : les Lions indomptables viennent d’obtenir un pénalty. Une secousse plus intense salue sa transformation par Benjamin Moukandjo, capitaine d’un jour.

En seconde mi-temps, les Camerounais, visiblement libérés de la pression, continuent de régaler. Et même quand les Gambiens se montrent dangereux, les prises de balle rassurantes de Fabrice Ondoa susciteront des soupirs de satisfaction. D’autres pics d’ambiance seront enregistrés : quand Toko Ekambi marque de la tête sur un corner à la 60e minute, quand Tambe se lance dans un slalom à la 65e, etc. Au final, les supporters de ce samedi au Stade omnisports de Limbe n’auront pas eu le temps de s’ennuyer. D’où la chaude ambiance, malgré la fraîche pluie.

24 milliards de F pour le stade de Japoma

Les fonds, dont la convention de crédit a été signée jeudi dernier à Yaoundé, représentent la contrepartie de l’Etat pour la construction du complexe sportif.

Nouveau coup d’accélérateur dans la construction des infrastructures destinées à accueillir la Coupe d’Afrique des nations (CAN) 2019 au Cameroun. Jeudi dernier à Yaoundé, une étape importante a été franchie dans la réalisation du complexe sportif de Japoma à Douala. Le ministre des Finances, Alamine Ousmane Mey, a procédé à la signature de la convention avec BGFI Bank Cameroun, relative au financement de la contrepartie de l’Etat camerounais dans le coût global de construction de l’infrastructure. Celle-ci porte sur un prêt de 24 milliards de F, d’une maturité de sept ans, dont 24 mois de différé à partir de la mise à disposition des fonds à un taux d’intérêt de 6,5%. « Par ce prêt, le Cameroun boucle la mobilisation de sa quote-part, soit 15% du coût total des travaux », déclare Alamine Ousmane Mey. 

Ce financement sera complété par Eximbank de la Turquie. En effet, le chef de l’Etat, Paul Biya, a signé il y a quelques jours, un décret habilitant le ministre de l’Economie, de la Planification et de l’Aménagement du territoire, à signer avec Eximbank de la Turquie, un accord de prêt d’un montant de 114,3 milliards de F, pour le financement partiel du projet de construction dudit complexe sportif, qui sera réalisé par l’entreprise turque Yenigun construction industry. Il sera constitué entre autres, d’un stade olympique couvert de 50 000 places, de terrains d’entraînement, d’une piscine olympique, de courts de tennis, parkings et espaces paysagers, d’une annexe de l’Académie nationale de football, d’un centre commercial, etc.