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Africa Cup of Nations: Teams await 2013 draw on Wednesday

Soccer City stadium

The 16 teams to compete in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations will learn who they will play in South Africa when the draw is made in Durban on Wednesday.

The Confederation of African Football has already announced the seedings for the tournament, which will be held between 19 January and 10 February.

Hosts South Africa are among the top seeds, alongside reigning champions Zambia, Ghana and Ivory Coast.

Debutants Cape Verde, who beat Cameroon in a play-off, are seeded fourth.

The tiny nation, with a population of about 500,000, pulled off a shock 3-2 aggregate win over the four-time African champions.

Cape Verde have been rapidly improving over the last decade, moving up from 182nd in Fifa’s world rankings in 2000 to their current position of 51st.
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“The people have talked about the teams to beat and Zambia being mentioned – justly, as we are champions.”

Kalusha Bwalya Zambia’s most capped player

And they could prove a tricky obstacle in the tournament’s mini league stage – where the top two teams qualify from the four groups of four teams.

DR Congo are another of the fourth-seeded teams who could pose a big problem for the more fancied sides.

And with two-time winners Nigeria among the second seeds, there is much potential for a ‘group of death’ to emerge from the draw – despite the absence of Cameroon and seven-time winners Egypt, who are both missing for a second successive tournament.

Nigeria will have a point to prove after they failed to qualify for this year’s tournament in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

And under coach Stephen Keshi, who took over in October 2011 following the sacking of Samson Siasia, the Super Eagles are unbeaten in 2012.

Former South Africa captain Neil Tovey, who lifted the Nations Cup in 1996, believes Nigeria will be a team to watch out for.

“They possess an abundance of talent and my good friend Stephen Keshi is settling down nicely as coach and getting them well organised,” Tovey said. “He has so many good footballers to choose from.”

Tovey has also tipped four-time winners Ghana to do well and the Black Stars go into the tournament under the leadership of a man who knows what it takes to win it.

Kwesi Appiah lifted the trophy as a player in 1982 and many Ghana fans are optimistic he can emulate the achievement as a coach, having been appointed to the role in April.

Expectation may also weigh heavily on holders Zambia , although legendary former player Kalusha Bwalya is confident the Chipolopolo can cope.

He told BBC Sport: “The people have talked about the teams to beat and our name is being mentioned – as we are champions.

“And if there’s one team at the tournament which has a tried and tested coach it’s Zambia. We also have the players tried and tested. We have a team, a plan, a system in place. We know what to expect.”
Zambia celebrate winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations

Zambia are aiming to retain their trophy they won in February

However, Zambia will have to improve significantly if they are to be contenders. Their form since winning the tournament in February has not been good and they only squeezed past Uganda in qualification, going through 9-8 on penalties.

Making a return to the finals for the first time since 1982 are Ethiopia , who qualified by beating Sudan on away goals. It marks a timely resurgence for the Walya Antelopes, who won the competition 50 years ago.

There were no such fine margins in Mali’s final-round qualification tie, with the Eagles thumping Botswana 7-1.

Mali were a surprise package in the tournament earlier this year, when they performed brilliantly to finish in third place, but have backed up that performance with their results since.

The achievement of back-to-back qualifications is even more remarkable given the political unrest in Mali – a situation that forced a World Cup qualifier in June to be moved because of security concerns – and the fact they replaced coach Alain Giresse with Patrice Carteron in July.

Niger shocked many by qualifying last time and have proved it was no fluke by qualifying for their second successive finals. They will be aiming to go beyond the first round for the first time.

Another team looking to progress to the second stage for the first time is Togo , who have not played in the tournament since they withdrew from the 2010 finals in Angola after their team bus was attacked by gunmen.

Following their withdrawal Togo were initially banned by Caf from participating in the next two editions of the Nations Cup, which would have ruled them out of the 2013 tournament – the suspension was overturned by football’s world governing body Fifa.

Ivory Coast go into the tournament with a batch of players who admit they may not get another chance in the career to lift the trophy – among them is ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

Certainly the scene is set for a fascinating tournament in South Africa and the draw will give an indication of things to come.

Seedings for the draw for the 2103 Africa Cup of Nations:

• Pot one: South Africa, Zambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast

• Pot two: Mali, Tunisia, Angola, Nigeria

• Pot three: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Niger

• Pot four: Togo, Cape Verde, DR Congo, Ethiopia.

Teams from the same pot cannot be drawn against each other.



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What if the state intervenes in Cameroon football ?

With the lackluster performance of the indomitable Lions of Cameroon,many pundits are now speculating the next move of the state.Is the state of Cameroon going to fire Jean Paul Akono,are the players going to be fired or is Iya Mohammed prepared to resign,for taking our football twenty years backward.

Can the state take the challenge

Today Tuesday October 16, 2012, the minister of sports and physical education,Adoum Garoua said that he is calling on all those who parade the corridors of football in the country t bring possible proposals on how they want the national team to function.A good move at a wrong time.Will Iya and Co, heed to his call?
The time has come when we need to call a spade by name.shame the devil anmd embrace truth in Cameroons football.Beaten by little known Cape Verde to gain their first AFCON ticket in history tells us that even Njalla Quan Sports Academy can beat the lions.In fact many now call them domitable bingos.
let the state intervene,its time for us to pay tribute to late Marc Vivian Foe.Since he died, what has been done to recognize his undying love he had for Cameroon? nothing!

Dues payment is not compulsory-UB VC

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea, Dr Nalova Lyonga has reiterated to student leaders that dues payment is not compulsory. She was speaking recently during a press conference at the boardroom of the Central Administrative building of the University of Buea.

Dr Nalova Lyonga, while addressing Pressmen on the occasion of UB Open Day, said that Student leaders should look for avenues to educate the freshmen in their various faculties rather than collecting money from them at daggers drawn. The VC said that the Ministerial memo on dues collection is two fold. Firstly, everyone has the right to belong to any association on campus and secondly, when you belong, you are supposed to pay dues for the association.But to her, student leaders are misinterpreting the 2008 ministerial decision.

To Dr Nalova, it is the choice of any student to pay dues and not be forced to do so. “Let them be able to decide for themselves to join any association of their choice.” she echoed.

Dr Nalova Lyonga VC,UB

What destiny for student associations?

The introduction of online payment of fees, MTN mobile money and almost all activities carried online, has greatly affected the associations, as they are no more avenues to meet face-to-face with the students to collect dues. It looks like this year, some student associations will really have it difficult to carry out their activities. An association such as Association of Student Journalists, University of Buea, ASJUB, with lots of activities may face demise, if students of that association do not pay dues.

Other associations as well, will not find things easy. But if the leaders of such associations try to convince the students, it will be a good move, than using force to collect money from them.


Indomitable Lions, back-to-back absence in the AFCON

It wasn’t a surprise,but a shock for Cameroonians to prepare to watch another Africa cup of nations without the Indomitable lions of Cameroon in 2013.Yes indeed the lions failed again to qualify for the African football jamboree.The blue sharks of Cape Verde came to Yaounde and played their defensive game to obtain their first AFCON participation ticket.The Cape Verde boys had beaten Cameroon in the away leg of the last qualifying match for 2013 AFCON, by 2-0.

Indomitable lions,what hope for future?

Lions Blunder:

The first blunder in that game was that J P Akono failed to include Olinga Fabrice in the early minutes,played Idrissou for so long and did not maximize counter attacks.But he in all he did a good job since it was his first game as coach.

The Referee:

The Egyptian born referee was seemingly poor in handling the match,he failed to award Cameroon several penalty occasions which many cried foul play.How on earth did an Egyptian referee allowed to handle that game, Issa Hayatou knows fully well that Egypt is not our friend because of what they did to us in 2005.

The gods cried:

Before closure of the game, the gods cried seeing Cameroon losing for the second time consecutively to qualify for the AFCON.The heavy down poor was a perfect indication that all was not well.

What next:

We should go back as usual to the drawing board and prepare to avoid the third disgrace as concerns the World cup qualifiers.

final scores:Cape Verde 2-Cameroon 0…away

Cameroon 2-Cape Verde 1…return leg

Aggregate:Cape Verde 3-Cameroon 2: goal scorers: Emana and Olinga

Another October 1

Police of  the Chosen tribe of Cameroon, are reported to have arrested some men who were praying at about 6am October 1, in a Roman Catholic church at great Soppo street Six, Buea.

SCNC believers

Two priests were present and other church members close to 100.Police came and took everyone between 6:30 to 5:30pm.All the Church members gave statements one after another and their finger prints at the police station,including ,Peoples Action Party,PAP, chief Protocol.They were only released Tuesday morning at about 1 am, with some having self bail.The case will be heard this Wednesday in court, in Buea.

Arrests are also reported to have taken place in Limbe, Tiko, Kumba, Bamenda and other strategic Anglophone and SCNC areas in Cameroon.

Attorney: New Fairfield Father Who Unknowingly Killed Son In ‘Despair’

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NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – The father who unknowingly shot and killed his son in New Fairfield, Conn. last week is cooperating with a police investigation into the incident, Jeffrey Giuliano’s lifelong friend and attorney said.

Police said Giuliano, an elementary school teacher, confronted a masked intruder near his home last Thursday around 1 a.m. only to later realize the masked man was his 15-year-old son Tyler.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

“He was in a state of shock and/or tremendous amount of grief and despair,” attorney Gene Zingaro said of Jeffrey.

Zingaro said Giuliano and his wife are going out of their way to cooperate with the police investigation.

“They both gave oral statements at the scene. I know that for a fact because I was there,” Zingaro told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

Giuliano is expected to take an extended leave of absence…

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