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The 22-year-old collapsed before her Femina Stars Ebolowa team took on Louves Minproff on Sunday 8 May, and she died of a suspected heart attack on her way to hospital.

It came just two days after Cameroon International Patrick Ekeng died whilst playing for Dinamo Bucharest in Romania.

The funeral ceremony began on Saturday with Djomnang's body taken from Melong to Batoufam.

The country's sports minister Bidoung Kpwatt read out a condolence message from President Paul Biya to the family during the funeral.

The president of the Cameroon Football Association (Fecafoot), Tombi A Roko Sidiki, expressed the sadness of the whole football community.

"The word devastated does not suffice to tell the grief of the Cameroon football family," he said.

Simen Felix, representative of the University of Yaounde 1, described Djomnang as, "a brilliant student the university is going to miss".

Fomo Poula, the captain of Femina Stars was also amongst those paying tribute.

"Christelle, you played only two games for Femina, but we discovered an interesting personality in you and someone who unites people".

Also present was the President of the Women's Football Commission, Aster Yvonne and members of her commission, as well as the Governor and senior divisional officer and the traditional rulers of the west region.

The Young Warriors were held to a draw by a determined Cameroonian side during the first leg of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Harare.

YOUNG Warriors coach Jairos Tapera blamed poor preparations after the national Under-20 soccer team was held to a goalless draw by Cameroon in the first leg of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations first round qualifiers at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

An irate Tapera praised his players and the entire technical team for keeping a clean sheet but the result still left them with a tall order in the return leg in West Africa in three weeks time.

And while Zimbabwe were mourning over shoddy preparations, the visitors' coach made it clear that his team will finish off the job on June 10.

One more qualification round is still on before the teams go to the age-group Afcon in neighbouring country Zambia next year.

You could even feel pity for Zimbabwe's lack of preparation as Tapera revealed that he had to drive on the eve of the game to pick up striker Obert Tofira from home.

Tofira was plunged into action in the second period and could have found the winner but his header missed the target.

"Hats off to the technical team, they did a splendid job. We were given three days of training. Of those days, we only trained for two days because the other day we had some problems that we couldn't control.

"These guys (Cameroon) got two months to prepare in camp and had three international friendlies and it is sad for our country to do such things. It is really unbelievable, with these young boys giving such a splendid performance after only training for two days.

"Some of these players, we only trained with them yesterday when we were doing warm-up. I had to drive to look for these young boys using my own resources, it is unbelievable," said Tapera.

The Young Warriors gaffer said they can still get something from the tournament provided they prepare well before the reverse leg.

"Even if you were to say we still fancy our chances in Cameroon, are we going to be given enough time to prepare? My programme is, I thought we could not break camp and continue training; and whatever is going to happen in Cameroon is something else but we have to be prepared.

"Football is about preparing. These guys are not naturally talented, talent is only shown because they have been shaped, they have been moving around with the ball. But if you are going to just pick somebody from home, yesterday, I had to pick Obert from home, and trained for 30 minutes, a national team player?

"If you don't prepare you are obviously preparing to fail that is the naked truth about football," said Tapera.

The Young Warriors also faltered at home in the first round where they lost 0-1 to Botswana at Barbourfields before turning on the heat in Gaborone, winning 2-0.

However, the national Under-20 side may not be lucky again this time around as Cameroon coach Cyprian Besong Ashu vowed to finish off Zimbabwe in the return leg.

He said his team had been in camp for three months and they played international friendly matches twice against Ghana, Burkina Faso and Morocco.

A man who stripped naked and entered a lion enclosure in a Chilean zoo has survived the incident, but the lions were killed. Authorities in Santiago confirmed that the two African lions were put down as they severely mauled the 20-year-old man who had broken into their cage early on Saturday. The man, who has been named by local media as Franco Luis Ferrada Roman, was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was said to be in grave condition.

The young man broke into the enclosure, took off his clothes and jumped into the middle, horrifying other visitors who witnessed the attack. Once inside, the lions reportedly immediately pounced on him and began to 'play' with him. At this point, zookeepers intervened in the attack and shot the two lions in order to save his life.

The director of the zoo, Alejandra Montalva, said: 'We believe that this person entered as a visitor and paid for his ticket. She told local media the park was crowded with visitors at the time of the incident. 'Later he trespassed into an area where the public are not normally allowed and we understand that he forced the roof of the lion's enclosure. 'It was from there that he jumped, took off his clothes and started to attract the lions.' The zoo director said she was 'deeply affected' by the deaths of the two lions, a male and a female.

'The zoo has an established protocol because people's lives are very important to us,' said Montalba. She added that there were no fast-acting tranquilizers available to stop the lions from mauling the man.

The crisis that has been rocking the Social Democratic Front, SDF, in the Littoral Region since 2013, has taken a new dimension, following the annulment of the results of the reorginsation exercise of the basic organs of the party that took place in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and new elections rescheduled. The information about the cancellation of the results was confirmed to The Post by the Head of the reorganisation exercise to the Littoral Region, Senator Jean Tsomelo, May 17.

According to the new electoral calendar, five SDF Electoral Districts in the Sanaga Maritime Division will be reorganised on June 4, four Electoral Districts will be reorganised in Mungo Division on June 5, while seven Districts will be reorganised on June 12.

Elections at the Divisions level have been slated for June 19, while Regional elections will take place on July 3.

The Littoral SDF crisis has split the party into two warring factions with one camp led by Hon Jean Michel Nintcheu, whose four-year mandate as Regional Chairman ended in 2013. The other camp is headed by Hon Edward Nkembeng, Chairman of the Douala V A Electoral District. Nkembeng is supported by Abel Elimbi Lobe and Adolphe Same Lottin.

Meanwhile, no one has given any explanation as to why the past elections have been annulled. It is also not clear as to who took the decision to cancel the past elections and who drew up the new electoral programme .

Senator Tsomelo simply said the programme came “from Bamenda”. The Nkembeng led camp is accusing Hon Joshua Osih of having manipulated the party to take the decision.

Senator Tsomelo seems embarrassed with the situation himself, given that, some of the elections which have been annulled were organised by him, like that of the Douala I Electoral District. Following the cancellation of the results, Same Lottin has decided to leave his position for a ‘new blood’ and gun for the post of Wouri Divisional Coordinator.

Plea To Fru Ndi

Contacted on May 17, Lottin insisted that the reason for the cancellation of the elections is a testimony that most Electoral Districts in Douala do not want Nintcheu as Regional Chair. “In Douala for example, all the District Chairmen, including that of Nintcheu’s Electoral District, do not want him to continue as Regional Chairman of the party.

He has held that post for 12 years and has nothing to show for it for the party. My plea to the National Chairman of the SDF, HE Ni John Fru Ndi, is that the party hierarchy should listen to the grass root militants of the party in the Littoral Region. The base should be allowed to democratically decide on the choices of their local leaders, including Regional leaders,” Lottin said.

On his part, the Chairman of the Bonaberi Electoral District, John Ndangle Kumase, criticized both the decision to cancel the elections and the new electoral calendar.

Kumase questioned how the Tsomelo led team can properly organise elections in seven Electoral Districts in one day, considering the history of elections in Douala, which he said are always hotly contested. Moreover, the current situation in the Littoral SDF with two camps is already tense, and makes the organisation of elections more challenging.

“Well, let us wait and see. But I have the feeling that this new electoral programme has been designed to fail, so as to enable Nintcheu to continue lording over the Region,” Kumase opined. Kumase’s Bonaberi Electoral District is the only Electoral District in Douala where fresh election has not been scheduled.

Lack Of Fairness

On his part, Hon Nkembeng bemoaned that there is lack of fairness in the reorganisation exercise. According to him, the way elections are being organised, will favour one person. He said the decision to reorganise Electoral Districts, which were recently reorganised is a design to favour Nintcheu, who is afraid of being voted out of office.

Nkembeng however said “I am not afraid of election, because I am confident that my team will still win in Douala VA Electoral Districts, no matter how many times the elections are cancelled and reorganised.”

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The Pentagon says it launched an airstrike in Afghanistan Saturday targeting Mullah Akhtar Mansur, the Taliban's overall leader. The Pentagon is still assessing the results of the airstrike to determine whether he was killed.

"Today, the Department of Defense conducted an airstrike that targeted Taliban leader Mullah Mansur in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region," said Peter Cook, the Pentagon's Press Secretary in a statement released Saturday.

"Mansur has been the leader of the Taliban and actively involved with planning attacks against facilities in Kabul and across Afghanistan, presenting a threat to Afghan civilians and security forces, our personnel, and Coalition partners," Cook said. "We are still assessing the results of the strike and will provide more information as it becomes available.

"Mansur has been an obstacle to peace and reconciliation between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, prohibiting Taliban leaders from participating in peace talks with the Afghan government that could lead to an end to the conflict," he said.

"Since the death of Mullah Omar and Mansur's assumption of leadership, the Taliban have conducted many attacks that have resulted in the death of tens of thousands of Afghan civilians and Afghan security forces as well as numerous U.S. and Coalition personnel," he added.

Mansur assumed the leadership of the Taliban in July, 2015 after the group publicly disclosed that its previous leader Mullah Omar had died of natural causes in 2013 in Pakistan.

Mansur's leadership had resulted in some initial friction within the Taliban.

There are 9,800 American military service members in a training and advisory mission for Afghan troops. The majority of them stay on their bases to conduct their training, but some special operations forces still partner with their Afghan counterparts to advise them during missions.

The use of airstrikes in Afghanistan has been limited since the start of the training mission last year. Airstrikes could only be used against the Taliban if the group posed an immediate danger to Afghan or U.S. troops. In December the rules were expanded to allow the targeting of ISIS forces in Afghanistan. There was no change to the authorization of counter terrorism airstrikes against the remaining small al Qaeda presence in Afghanistan.

The Cotton Development Company (Sodecoton), the leading agro-industrial company in northern Cameroon, bought slightly over FCfa 78 billion worth of cotton from producers during the 2015-2016 season, we learn from an official communiqué issued by the company.

According to the same source, the 250,000 producers this public company manages with the support of the National Confederation of Cotton Producers of Cameroon (CNPCC), each year receive loans worth approximately FCfa 38 billion for the purchase of inputs.

In order to facilitate the collection of the production from producers, we learn, Sodecoton maintains every year about 7,000 km of roads in northern Cameroon. This agro-industry also claims the creation of 26 km of track roads, again for the collection of the cotton produced.

BRM

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