Posts tagged: Cameroon

Why Africa’s teams, Ghana aside, haven’t performed

…finding a common reason that explains Africa’s disappointment is pointless. This was not a continental failure, rather a combination of mistakes on and off the field, difficult draws and a dose or two of bad luck, all wrapped up in a layer of unrealistic expectation. There was a hope that since this was the first World [...]

Saturday June 26th, 2010 in , , , | No Comments »

So much for this being an African World Cup…

So much for this being an African World Cup. Few Africans from outside the host country have been able to make the trip south, while the South Africans who make their trade from football – the informal hawkers and trinket sellers – have been banned from within half a mile of the stadiums. The official World [...]

Africa’s World Cup squads

All 32 countries at the World Cup have this week announced their 30-man provisional squads for next month’s tournament. The coaches have until 1st June to pick their final 23. Algeria, drawn against England, USA and Slovenia, include seven home-based players in their squad but they will rely on those playing in Europe, in particular Portsmouth’s [...]

Great moments in African football, #2

As I’ve mentioned before, Cameroon’s World Cup exploits in 1990 changed the way the rest of the world viewed African football. Their victory over World Cup holders Argentina and the goals that Roger Milla scored against Romania and Colombia are not easily forgotten. But talking to friends I’ve realised how few people seem to remember [...]

“I have no feeling for the France national team; it just doesn’t exist”

Fascinating interview with Cameroon and Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto in today’s Guardian. He is not your average footballer. Assou-Ekotto is beginning to look ahead to the World Cup finals with Cameroon. Although he was born in France and has a French mother, there has never been any issue over his allegiance. Like many young people [...]

Saturday May 1st, 2010 in , , , | No Comments »

Remember Roger Milla’s goals, not his celebration

Cameroon’s World Cup performance in 1990 was Africa’s breakthrough. They beat the world champions, Argentina, a Romania side starring Gheorghe Hagi, and Carlos Valderrama’s Colombia. In the quarter finals the Indomitable Lions were leading England 2-1 with just seven minutes left to play, before Gary Lineker’s two penalties finally knocked them out. Cameroon’s success changed [...]

The Roundup

Best of Africa Club Football In the African Champions League, second round second leg, TP Mazembe and Al Ahly both managed to overturn one goal deficits from the first leg, winning their return matches 2-0. Both sides benefited from some rather favourable refereeing decisions. Al Ahly were awarded two penalties, while Mazembe’s opponents had two [...]