Cameroon’s national football team coach, António Conceicao, has begun a hunt for new talents to include in his Indomitable Lions squad.
Conceicao, a Portuguese, said he is looking at the country’s league and abroad for players to boost Cameroon senior men team.
The 58-year-old, who took over from AC Milan great Clarence Seedorf, has been in charge of the Indomitable Lions for a year and says introducing new talents to the squad will make Cameroonians proud.
“I’m trying to improve the network in the countries where there are big Cameroonian expatriate communities through personal contacts and I can then observe players that I have identified,” he said.
“We’ve also been reaching out to young Cameroonian players playing abroad that can end up playing for other countries, in order to try to bring them on-board and want to play for Cameroon.”
Cameroon – who won the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 and 2017 – were defeated by the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the last 16 of the 2019 edition of the competition.
Since then, the Indomitable Lions have been limited to playing three matches. In October, the team will play a friendly against Japan in the Netherlands.
“We will have the chance to bring together a squad of players for the first time after a break of almost a year,” he said.
“We’ll bring the group together, and work on team spirit; exchange ideas with the players on what we want to bring to the national team.
“Also get to know and observe players who are new to the team; give players the opportunity to play for the national team, so that we can also draw conclusions and get new ideas for the future.”
In November the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers resume and although Cameroon have qualified as hosts they are taking part in the campaign and have back-to-back games against Mozambique.
Conceicao insisted that taking part in AFCON qualifying process despite qualifying as hosts is something he feels is important.
“I want to look at this situation as a way of improving the national team and bring in new players, so as to be able to have the best possible squad for the tournament itself,” he explained.
Conceicao is fully aware of what is expected of him and his team by the Cameroon fans.
It is a major responsibility, I know how important the national team is for all the people in Cameroon and the pride they have in their national team,” he added.
“There is the added responsibility of hosting the Nations Cup in Cameroon in 2022. So I am very conscious of the hard work and the difficulties that come with this task but I am very motivated.”
CAF President, Ahmad, Seeks 2nd Term
The Madagascar Football Federation (FMF) has formally entered the race for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidency, paving way for incumbent Ahmad Ahmad to seek a 2nd term.
Elections into the office hold in March 2021.
Ahmad, 60, who was elected CAF President in 2017 was formally entered into the race by FMF in fulfillment of CAF rules which require any candidate to be nominated by his own association.
“I accepted to be a candidate while listening to the presidents of the federation, around 46 of whom asked me after receiving my assessment of my initial mandate,” Ahmad said.
Ahmad is deciding to stand again despite being the subject of an ongoing Fifa ethics enquiry, which has the potential to derail his bid and throw March’s elections wide open.
“As I have previously announced, I said I would pursue a second mandate if the need was there,” he explained.
Last week, all but eight federations on the continent gave their backing to the Malagasy to run again.
“This is an outcome of working together, of management which involves everybody, which has been happening since 2017,” he said.
At present, Ahmad is the sole candidate to have submitted a candidacy during the registration period, which ends on 12 November, since FIFA Council member Tarek Bouchamoui, who had wanted to run, has effectively been blocked from running by the Tunisian FA.
A bid could come from Nigeria FA boss Amaju Pinnick who refused to rule himself out of the race last month.
“It’s always good during an election to have a rival candidate, but we wait,” said Ahmad.
“I know that some people are awaiting other things unrelated to the elections – but as for the elections themselves, they all know they cannot beat me given I represent a group of people who want to go forward together.”
Algeria Coach Belmadi Extends Contract With Desert Foxes
Djamel Belmadi has signed a new deal with the Algerian Football Federation as he remains the coach of the Desert Foxes.
Belmadi has signed a new deal to keep him as coach of the Desert Foxes until the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Qatar.
The Algerian football president Kheireddine Zetchi said Belmadi’s contract extension was important following his achievements in a short time.
“When Belmadi arrived as the coach of the Greens, he had made no conditions,” said Zetchi.
“The national team was going through a difficult period and it is to his credit to have placed the recovery of the technical situation before any other consideration.
“With what he managed to do in record time and in the most beautiful way, it is logical that after the continental coronation in Egypt, we have reviewed his contract.”
Algeria currently sit on top of their Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) qualifying table, with six points from two games as they are on course to qualify for the tournament.
Brazil 2014 was the last time Algeria played at the World Cup where they reached the Round of 16, before losing to eventual winners Germany.
The Algerian coach is looking to take the Desert Foxes back to the World stage and also making an impact.
“The objective will be to give everything and believe in the impossible,” Belmadi said.
“When we have done the work, when we have qualified, the objective will be to win it.
“We will now speak seriously, the objective will not be to just participate, the players do not set any limits.”
Belmadi replaced Rabah Madjer as the coach of the Algerian national team, following his failure to lead them to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
In less than a year in charge of the Desert Foxes, Belmadi led Algeria to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
Hunt reacts to Kaizer Chiefs failed CAS appeal
Head coach of Kaizer Chiefs Gavin Hunt reacts to failed appeal of his club to overturn a FIFA transfer ban.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed Chiefs appeal against a two-window transfer ban.
The Glamour Boys inability to register new players for two consecutive transfer windows has affected Hunt’s plans in his first season in charge of the club.
In the post-match press conference after Amakhosi’s 1-0 victory over Chippa United, Hunt reacts to failed appeal as he talked about the transfer ban.
“I’ve been working here for the last month under the illusion that it was not going to get turned over, and it didn’t, so I’ve got to make it better,” Hunt said.
“I’m going to try and improve the team by trying to improve the players.”
Chiefs were found guilty when they signed Andriamirado “Dax” Andrianarimanana in 2018. Andriamirado’s former club, Fosa Juniors lodged an official complaint to FIFA stating that Chiefs did not compensate them justifiably for the transfer of the player.
Hunt stated that he has no choice, but to work with the players he has at his disposal and get on with the job.
“I mean, obviously, we know there are certain players in certain positions where we lack, but it is what it is and I must just get on with it,” Hunt added.
“So, one step forward, we try and mould players the way I’m thinking and according to what I’m trying to do, and we’ll go from there.”
With the transfer ban upheld, Chiefs who have former Wits duo of Sifiso Hlanti and Phathutshedzo Nange training with the team, it remains to be seen if both players will continue training with the team.
Amakhosi are said to be interested in former Wits free agent, goalkeeper Brandon Peterson. Chiefs were also been linked with Thabang Monare and Deon Hotto, who have both joined Orlando Pirates.
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