Students injured in bus accident en route Garoua for University games

By Charity Nginyu

On the morning of May 22, a bus carrying students from the Institute of Science and Technology of Yaounde veered off the cliff at Mbe, approximately 40 kilometers from Ngaoundere.

The students were en route to Garoua for the university games when the accident occurred. While there were several serious injuries reported, fortunately, no lives were lost.

According to initial reports, the bus experienced brake failure, causing the driver to lose control. Despite his efforts to regain command of the vehicle, it skidded and ended up perilously suspended on the guardrails above the ravine.

The immediate intervention of local authorities and emergency services helped in preventing a more tragic outcome.

Among the first responders was Kildadi Taguieke Boukar, the governor of the Adamawa region, who oversaw the rescue operations. The injured students were quickly transported to nearby medical facilities for treatment.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

FECAHAND debunks rumours about suspension of women’s national handball team

The Cameroon Handball Federation has sent out a communique refuting claims that the women’s national handball team has been suspended.

On Wednesday, May 22, rumours were rapidly spread on social media, alleging that the handball team had been suspended for four years by the International Handball Federation (IHF). No specific reasons were given for the alleged suspension.

The handball federation in its communique said, the circulation of the ‘fake news’ was masterminded by persons seeking to ‘tarnish’ the image of the federation and to ‘interrupt’ its activities.

‘We categorically debunk this unfounded and irresponsible rumour’ the handball governing body said.

‘No suspension decision has been taken against our female national team by the IHF’ the federation stated.

It said the International Handball Federation and the African Confederation of Handball, are jointly organizing the IHF Challenge Trophy for the U18 and U20 men’s categories in Yaounde, with Chad, Congo, Central African Republic, DR Congo, an
d Cameroon participating.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

FECAFOOT fires back at CNOSC following suspension of its appointed national team staff

The Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) has written to the Conciliation and Arbitration Chamber of the National Olympic and Sports Committee of Cameroon (CNOSC), in response to the suspension placed on the national team staff appointed by the federation.

The arbitration chamber had sent a document earlier on Tuesday, May 21, following a meeting which was held to decide on the FECAFOOT-appointed staff after complaints filed by the association of amateur club presidents and other critics of the Eto’o-led federation.

The federation has noted in its reply that the suspension which violates the legal provisions in place, can only result in the immediate suspension of Marc Brys and his staff including all members appointed by the sports minister.

FECAFOOT says it reserves the right to file a complaint to FIFA, as the decisions taken ‘hinder the preparation process for the forthcoming sports events’.

Cameroon has to play against Cape Verde and Angola in June, for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Cameroon News Agency

Cameroon Cup matches disrupted by inaccessibility to stadiums

The 2024 edition of the Cameroon Cup is currently facing a hurdle as access to certain stadiums has been restricted, causing delays and postponed matches.

The stadiums affected include the Bamendzi stadium in Bafoussam, Mbouda Municipal stadium, and Omnisport Annex 1, all of which were reportedly locked on game days.

For instance, Sable Of Batie was scheduled to play Union of Douala at the Omnisport Annex one stadium on May 18th, but the stadium was locked causing the match to be rescheduled to a later date at the Fecafoot technical centre.

A similar situation occurred in Bafoussam where PWD of Bamenda had to play As Dibamba and Dragon had to play Riziere FC, but both matches were unable to proceed due to locked stadiums.

The cause of the restriction is believed to be due to unpaid bills or incomplete negotiations. A few months ago, the ONIES, in charge of Cameroon’s stadiums, published the amounts FECAFOOT has to pay for various stadiums. The fees ranged from 150,000 to a million FCFA.

Source: Cameroon
News Agency

Esseme wins Rabat Marathon sets lofty goal for Paris 2024

After clinching victory in the Rabat Diamond league marathon race, Cameroonian sprinter Emmanuel Esseme has his sight set on the 2024 Olympic games in Paris.

During the Marathon race, he broke his previous record in the 100m with a run time of 10 seconds, 11 milliseconds .

Speaking after the race, Esseme revealed that his main objective is to keep fit before the Olympic games

‘I am very excited for this victory but the great day is coming, the Olympic games and I am working everyday to make sure I am at my peak before the games.’

Despite his ambitious aspirations, the athlete acknowledges that there are certain areas where he needs to improve. ‘ Normally I don’t always have a slow start when I race and only accelerate when I am about to reach the finish line, but my coach and I are already working on that’.

Emmanuel Esseme first represented Cameroon at the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo and has since then participated in the 2019 world athletics championship where his journey ended at the quarter finals.

e also competed in the 2019 African games, missing out on a medal before securing gold in the 2023 edition.

Esseme’s impressive performance has earned him recognition, with President Paul Biya personally commending his achievements in the 2023 African games.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Visa troubles keep Cameroon’s amputee football team at home

Cameroon’s Men’s Amputee football team has been excluded from this year’s African Nations Cup in amputee football, which starts today in Cairo Egypt.

The Amputee Football Federation informed CNA that their paperwork was not processed by the Ministry of Sports, preventing the team from traveling to Egypt for the event.

Team Cameroon had previously cried out to little or no attention from the ministry to support the Amputée footballers during Their camping in Yaounde ahead of the competition.

Cameroon’s absence from the African Nations Cup marks the end of the federation’s hope to qualify for the World Cup since this tournament was meant to serve as a qualifier.

The Cameroon Amputée football team adds to the roller skate national team who couldn’t travel to Germany for a foreign competition, the Cameroon boxing and the Handball national team who recently couldn’t travel for foreign competitions for similar reasons

Aside from Cameroon three other teams, including Rwanda and Senegal, were unable to travel to
Egypt for the AFCON, reducing the number of teams from 16 to only 13 in total.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Marc Brys at FECAFOOT: Questions on retained coaching staff still unanswered

Much uncertainty still surrounds the coaching staff of the Cameroon national team after the appointed head coach Marc Brys, visited the Cameroon Football Federation in Tsinga, Yaounde.

Marc Brys honoured the FECAFOOT Secretary-General, Blaise Djounang’s invitation to the federation’s headquarters on Monday, May 13.

The meeting which was attended by some members of the technical staff appointed by FECAFOOT as well as the technical adviser at the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education, Cyrille Tolo, lasted close to an hour, with discussions centered on the list of players published by coach Marc Brys on Saturday.

‘He will work with the FECAFOOT. That is why he came to present himself at the federation’ MINSEP technical adviser, Cyrille Tolo said. He disclosed that the contact meeting was only about the coach’s list.

The working session was in camera, with no declarations made to the press at the end. The only statements reporters could get were from the MINSEP technical adviser, who avoided commenting on
what would become of the two groups of coaching staff.

FECAFOOT President, Samuel Eto’o was not present. Notwithstanding, the coach’s list was validated and the federation made a publication of the pre-selected players for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde and Angola.

Source: Cameroon News Agency