Cameroon Braces Up For AAG In Maputo

Cameroon is making final preparations for an effective participation at this year’s edition of the All Africa Games, scheduled for maputo, Mozambique, from september 3-18, 2011.
The delegation is expected to leave the country on August 28, after a farewell feast this Friday. The ceremony will be presided at by the minister for Sports and Physical Education, Michel Zoah.
Among the 201 athletes are two disabled and two visually impaired.
Previously, in Algiers, Algeria 2007,Cameroon won 30 medals – four in gold, eight in silver and 18 in bronze.
Cameroon will be taking part in thirteen disciplines, including; wrestling, judo, athletics, volley ball, triple long jump, football, handball among others. Over 200 athlets are expected to represent cameroon in this competition.
The U-23 lions of cameroon who were convened in camp, Monday 15, are gearing up ahead of their matches.The lions will be playing againts Uganda in their opener on september 5. They will also be pitting Ghana and Senegal on September 8 and 11, respectivly.
Before qualifying for the competition, defending champions, Cameroon, beat DR Congo 3-1 on aggregate, after a 3-0 home win in Yaoundé, in their last group game last month.
Reacting to their qualification, Cameroon defender, Abednegoh Kembeng Azonga told BBC Sport that they had to win to make a difference in football in the country.
”We failed to qualify for the Olympics, therefore, we could not allow All Africa Games to go that way too,” he said. The Lions emerged first in zone four to join others and host Mozambique in the finals of the AAG.
The U-23 lions are running for the title a record fourth consecutive time. The pan African games will be in its 10th edition this year in Maputo and will feature twenty-three sports, two of which will be disabled events (athletics and swimming). Most venues are said to be located in and around Maputo with the canoeing and rowing venue, scheduled in the Chidenguella Lagoon town, some 275 kilometres north of the city. The competition will also feature men’s and women’s football tournaments.
This year’s All Africa Games will mark the 3rd time a Southern African country will be hosting the games. The games will be taking place at the Zimpeto stadium with 48 Nations projected and 5000 athletes, alongside coaches and officials. The opening ceremony of the pan African games comes up next Saturday, September 3 2011. All Africa Games are restricted to under-23 footballers.
It should be noted that men’s holders are Cameroon after they beat Guinea 1- 0 in Algeria in 2007, while Nigeria are the women’s cup holder.

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