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Cameroon get it wrong, very wrong


Finding hope in the teeth of despair


Orlando Pirates, Etoile du Sahel ready for CAF Confederations Cup final

Orlando Pirates were able to beat Al-Ahly in the semifinals on this improbable cup run. But can they win it all?

The continent's final cup competition of the year, the CAF Confederation Cup, reaches its climax as Etoile du Sahel and Orlando Pirates compete for the second tier title. Even though this trophy does not hold the same glory as the Champions League, the Tunisians and the South Africans are promising a tough fight. Elsewhere, there has been some movement among national coaches and the Road to Rio is about to begin for Africa's U23 sides.

CAF Confederation Cup

Orlando Pirates and Etoile de Sahel...

Goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo the future for Switzerland and Young Boys?

Yvon Mvogo is only 20 but is already impressing between the posts in Switzerland.

Yvon Mvogo made some crucial saves to help Young Boys through to the Europa League knockout stages, and the 20-year-old goalkeeper will hope to produce a similarly strong performance when they host Everton on Thursday in the first leg of their round of 32 tie.

Born in Yaounde, Cameroon, Mvogo's earliest memories include his family gathering around a television set to watch the country's national team in action. He and his parents moved to Switzerland when he was 6, and he began his training at local...

 By Sam Crocker

Gradel provides the difference to hand Group D to Ivory Coast

Max Gradel delivered a timely winner for Ivory Coast versus Cameroon.
Max Gradel delivered a timely winner for Ivory Coast versus Cameroon.

Three things learned from Ivory Coast's Group D-clinching 1-0 triumph over Cameroon at the African Nations Cup.

Gradel comes to life

A frequently featured substitute of recent times, with former coaches Francois Zahoui and Sabri Lamouchi using him sparingly as cover for Gervinho and Salomon Kalou, Max Gradel has slowly come to life in this tournament, as some playing time for his country is proving what a useful player he can be.

Missing out in the first match against Guinea, spending the whole...

 By Sam Crocker

Group D stands for 'draw' in Africa Cup of Nations as drawing of lots looms

The drawing of lots is something that rarely happens in football, but it's exciting when it does.

Four matches in and it's neck and neck. In fact, it couldn't be closer. After four 1-1 draws in the first two matchdays in Group D of the Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast, Mali, Cameroon and Guinea all find themselves in the same situation.

That's the same points, same goals scored, same goals conceded. No wins, no losses -- just four draws in the opening two matchdays. At the moment the teams can't be separated: they all deserve to go through and all deserve to go out.

This, of course, means...

 By Sam Crocker

Alex Song is long gone and forgotten as Cameroon build for the future

Cameroon's 4-0 defeat by Croatia at the World Cup this past summer was depressing for many reasons. Aside from the unfavourable scoreline and dreadful performance, it was a match that basically summed up Cameroon's tournament.

Following dysfunctional tactics, bickering teammates and Alex Song's ludicrous sending off for a needless elbow, a team that had been on the slide for a number of years finally stopped sliding. They hit rock-bottom. But rather than call it a one-off, a freak performance...

African Nations Cup preview Group D: Tough and unpredictable

Ivory Coast and Cameroon will both expect to go deep in the tournament.


Nearly-there teams over the past decade make up this group, all of whom come from the same region. West Africa is more than well-represented at the tournament -- 10 of the 16 teams hail from that side of the continent, with four in this group. Although both Ivory Coast (1992) and Cameroon (1984, 1988, 2000 and 2002) have won the competition before, none of the quartet has had the recent success even though they have all threatened to.

Ivory Coast have finished in the final four in the...