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Cameroonian football crisis escalates as Eto’o-led FECAFOOT withholds training kit



The crisis currently rocking Cameroonian football has continued to escalate after Samuel Eto’o, the President of Cameroon Football Association (Fecafoot), ordered that training kits for the Indomitable Lions be withheld.

The feud between the Eto’o-led Fecafoot emanated following the Cameroon Ministry of Sports’ appointment of Belgian coach Marc Brys, without the input of the federation.

In retaliation, Eto’o and Fecafoot moved against the ministry by withholding the training kits of the Lions during reception for some selected players at the Hilton Hotel in Yaounde on Sunday.

Reports have it that despite the ministry having already reserved rooms for the delegation, Fecafoot’s presence led to a dispute, ultimately requiring police intervention to diffuse the situation.

“In a further display of defiance, Fecafoot withheld the Indomitable Lions’ training equipment from the Ministry staff on Monday, leaving the players without official attire for their morning walk,” local media reports.

“The debacle cast uncertainty over the team’s preparations for upcoming matches against Cape Verde on June 7 and Angola on June 11 in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

“Amidst the chaos, reports surfaced indicating that several Fecafoot members, including Idriss Carlos Kameni, Dr. Fotso Gwabap Patrick, and Dr. Tinkeu Nguimgou Narcisse, were integrated into the Ministry staff setup.

“Kameni purportedly assumed the role of assistant to goalkeeper coach Alioum Boukar, while the others were appointed as assistants to Dr. William Ngatchou and physical trainer Christophe Manouvrier, respectively.

“However, the appointments appeared to bypass deputy coaches Martin Ndtoungou Mpile and David Pagou, raising further questions about the power dynamics within the coaching setup.

“As the conflict between Fecafoot and Minsep persists, the Indomitable Lions find themselves caught in the crossfire, jeopardising their preparation and performance in crucial matches.

“As supporters and observers of Cameroonian football anxiously follow developments, it is imperative that swift measures are taken to resolve this crisis.

“The stability and reputation of Cameroonian football depend on it, as do the aspirations of players and fans to see their national team shine on the international stage.

“The situation underscores the need for resolution to ensure the stability and success of Cameroon’s national football programme.”


Namibia bowled out by Australia to reach T20 World Cup Super 8



Namibia’s hopes of reaching the T20 World Cup Super 8 was on Tuesday night truncated by Australia as they were bowled out for 72 in a thumping nine-wicket win in Antigua.

Australian leg-spinner, Adam Zampa, took 4-12 to reach a century of T20 international wickets, while Josh Hazlewood and Marcus Stoinis claimed two apiece.

Reports on the game noted that after dismissing Namibia in 17 overs, with only two batters reaching double figures, the Australia top order ruthlessly knocked off the runs inside the powerplay.

The victory took Australia above Scotland to the top of Group B, with the two sides playing each other in St Lucia on Sunday.

A win for Scotland would eliminate defending champions England, who first need to beat Oman and Namibia handsomely to have any chance of progressing.

On the other hand, Africa has a representative in Super 8 as
South Africa qualified after Sri Lanka’s match against Nepal in Lauderhill, Florida, was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain.

The result however, does not end Sri Lanka’s hopes of a top-two finish in Group D, but they require a highly unlikely sequence of results – including a washout when Bangladesh face the Netherlands on Thursday, to go through.

Australia captain, Mitchell Marsh, who spoke after the match, said:

“A great performance from our bowling team. All-round a very professional performance.

“It’s great to qualify for the Super 8s. We get pretty busy after our game against Scotland so we’ll manage as many people as we can over the next few days.”

Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus:

“You can’t sit back against the best in the world – that’s one thing we’ve learned from tonight.

“The skill gap is perhaps there but you can close that a little bit by fighting fire with fire and we haven’t done that enough in this tournament.

“A good side like Australia will expose you if you’re not ready mentally.”

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Female footballers beat up referee over poor officiating in Tanzania (Video)



A football match in the Tanzanian women’s league between Ceacea Queens and Yanga Princess on Monday was thrown into chaos after the players descended on the female referee over alleged poor officiating.

The incident, which was captured on video, saw the female players assaulting the match official in what has been seriously condemned by the country’s football authorities.

Footage from the attack captured the moment Ceasiaa Queens players violently chased and attacked the referee after a contentious penalty decision.

A local media reports that the incident, which occurred during the closing stages of a crucial league match, has sparked widespread condemnation.

“In the disturbing scenes, the match official is seen being pursued across the pitch by several players after awarding a penalty to the opposition,” the report said.

“The referee’s attempt to flee was momentarily successful as she dashed towards the athletics track surrounding the field, only to be pursued relentlessly.

“Eyewitness videos show that even as she neared the team benches, the chaos escalated.

“One player attempted a physical assault but missed, heightening the tension around the ground.

“The referee was briefly able to distance herself from her pursuers but was surrounded again near the tunnel entrance, leading to further attempts at violence.

“Authorities intervened as some players managed to catch up to the referee, with one launching a kick and a male spectator throwing punches.

“The match was subsequently halted prematurely, with Ceasiaa Queens ahead 2-1 and just minutes away from the final whistle.

“The incident comes at a tense time in the league, as Ceacea Queens and Yanga Princess vie for second and third places, respectively, following Simba’s clinching of the championship with 54 points.”

The assault on the referee has prompted the Football Association of Tanzania to intervene with a vow to commence an immediate investigation into the incident, with potential sanctions pending for those involved.

“Such behaviour tarnishes the spirit of the game and is unacceptable in sports,” an official of the football governing body said in a statement on behalf of the body.

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