The opening ceremony of the tournament has unfolded in pomp and pageantry. Host nation Russia made a spectacular opener by lambasting New Zealand 2 goals to zero in the St Petersburg stadium. The pace has now been set for the African champions, the indomitable lions of Cameroon who are expected to enter the saga tomorrow against The south American champions, la Roja of Chile.
The game will take place at 7pm Cameroon time at the Otkrytiye arena in Moscow. Though Chile is participating in the confederations cup for the first time, Cameroon has been there thrice and even lose the 2003 final to France. Despite Cameroon's experience, most sports pundits have tipped Chile as favourites of the game.
Meantime, Hugo Broos' squad is lowly rated and regarded as the underdogs of the competition. But many diehard supporters of the lions believe Cameroon might still create surprises in Russia just like in the Gabon African cup of nations where they were never considered amongst the favourites but ended up lifting the trophy.
La Roja is also one man down as its main keeper, Claudio Bravo is out due to injury same like Cameroon who has miss the services of its polyvalent left winger and team animator, Oyongo Bitolo who was injured in an AFCON qualifying game in Yaoundé recently.
Cameroon plays in group B alongside World Champions Germany, Australia and Chile.
The National Organising Secretary of the Popular Action party PAP ,Njang Denis has fallen into the drag net of la Republique's forces. He was arrested this Morning 17 of June 2017 by elements of Ngoussou commissariat. His abduction came as he tried to organise a PAP rally in the nation's capital, Yaoundé.
At the moment, the main reason behind his arrest rather than organising a rally, is not yet known. But the government of mr Biya has launched a major crackdown on all who are related to detained chief justice Ayah paul, president of PAP.
Recently mr Ayah's son, Ayah Ayah was also arrested detained and released 24 hours later due to pressure from anglophone activists Retired chief justice Ayah Paul has been incarcerated at the Gendarmerie headquarters Yaoundé for months now without any charges lavied against him.
The next on the list should certainly be Akoson, the secretary general of PAP who has cheated arrest on several occasions and is presently on the run.
The coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon has revealed the unique secret to beat their dreaded rivals, Chile, in their opening much at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
"We must have a good defence. If we don't have this, we won't win the game tomorrow," Broos disclosed.
"We have an offensive tactic for Sunday but we are also aware of the power of Chile's attacking players [the likes of Alexis Sanchez ]", Broos went on.
"Modern football is defending and attacking," he continued, adding that you can't spend 90 minutes in front of your goal yet expect to win the game.
Broos did not limit himself to his tactics.
"They [Chile] won the American championship and this, in theory, means they are better than Argentina, Brazil and Colombia, to name just three," he said, insinuating fears and "greater defeat". Chile are better than Colombia but Colombia beat Cameroon 4-0 during their international friendly on 13 June.
Hugo Broos almost always expresses fear before his opponents.
Before the start of the 2017AFCON in Gabon, he told a CRTV journalist that there were much better teams than Cameroon in the likes of Algeria.
This suggested that Cameroon were not going to make it.
Yet they went on to win the trophy.
Is Hugo Broos always suggesting he plays a game of chess with the quality of his players or his job as a coach?
Cameroon take on Chile on Sunday.
Their second match is against Australia while the last in the group games is against world champions Germany.
Russia beat New Zealand 2-0 on Saturday during the opening match of the tournament.
The dismissed general manager of the telecommunications regulatory agency(ART), Jean Louis Beg Mengue has been ordered not to leave the country as his passport has also been withdrawn. The order comes from the Attorney General of Mr Biya's special criminal court (SCC) in Yaoundé.
Mr Beh Mengue who was fired from his job on June 8 2017, is accused of embezzling state funds amounting to over 193 billion fcfa as reported by the supreme state audit control. Jean Louis Beh Mengue who has headed ART for over 20 years has said his head can not roll alone.
During his hearing at the SCC, he indicated other top barons of the CPDM regime such as; Jean Pierre Biyiti Bi Essame, former minister of post and telecommunications, Mohaman Sani Tanimu, former director general of elections Cameroon. Mr Beh Mengue's fate will be decided in the days ahead as hearing is expected to resume.
Fako SDO, Zang III, has outlined a plethora of problems awaiting the new DO of Idenau.
According to him, the work load that awaits Ngong Stephen Ngai will not give him time to rest.
“You will find a lot of grievances on your table concerning land surrendered by the Cameroon Development Corporation, CDC,” the SDO said.
Zang was speaking in Limbe, while commissioning Ngong Stephen Ngai into his function.
The SDO said the new DO will have to devise new strategy to resolve the boundary dispute between the villagers of Bomana, Enyenge and Sanje.
Zang also told the new DO that Idenau is plagued by chieftaincy crisis. “You will have to wrack your brain, as you take over command. But don’t be misled by some locals, who have proclaimed themselves as original kingmakers in a bid to instil confusion and end up benefitting from it.”
DO Ngai was further informed that Idenau was a border town to neighbouring Nigeria.
“By this fact, there is a lot of illicit importation of fuel from Nigeria called “Zua Zua” and some other business persons use the numerous creeks along the Idenau coastline to smuggle in goods from Nigeria.
You will have to fight against contraband goods and smuggling by those who want to evade custom duties through the creeks,” he further averred.
On his part, the Mayor of Idenau, Gabriel Lifange Tonde, thanked the outgoing DO for what he said was a job well done during his time at Idenau.
To the incoming DO, Mayor Tonde said; “We are happy to receive you with two hands. We are convinced you are a square peg in a square hole.”
The Mayor of Fundong, Denis Awoh Dang, who had come to witness the installation, urged the new DO to endeavour to work with the people and be humble.
Before his appointment as DO, Ngai was serving as the First Assistant SDO of Diamare Division in the Far North Region.
He took over from Basile Ekomba, who as from Tuesday, June 13, went on retirement.
Higher education institutions in Cameroon are mobilizing resources to get their students eligible for the controversial laptop computers from President Paul Biya. The atmosphere at the University of Yaoundé is rather tense. Students have barely no time left for online registration , which ends on June 15.
After the online registration, they are expected to have themselves fingerprinted. No one should collect more than one computer, they say.
This has put some pressure on students, as they are forced to stand on very long queues for several hours.
“If we don’t complete it today, we will come back tomorrow,” a student said on Tuesday, scared by the sheer numbers of people ready to leave their fingerprints.
“I will go there[campus of the University of Yaoundé I] tomorrow as early as possible, even if it means being there by 5 am,” another student disclosed. “I learned there are thousands of people there,” he added.
For a student to be eligible for the computer, they must have paid their fees, get registered online and have themselves fingerprinted.
Biya announced the controversial laptop offer in July 2017. In all, 500,000 laptop computers will be distributed to students in public and state-recognised private institutions of higher learning for the 2016/2017 academic year.
The move, which Paul Biya claims is to help Cameroonians join the digital race, is seen by pundits as a political gesture.
Critics of Biya argue that the president wants to buy the conscience of voters, given that presidential election comes up next year.
The laptops were to be distributed to students several months back yet uncertainty still hovers around. Students are already taking their end-of-year exams when they cannot tell the date the computers will be given to them.
Cameroon has loaned a huge sum of FCFA 75 billion to buy the computers from a Chinese firm.
This, pundits say, is a terrible burden on taxpayers.