“Football is Like Religion”

2 November 2011

#KeyTerminology – We continue with an easy one that is pretty self-explanatory. Nearly everyone in Cameroon agrees on this. Cameroon is best described as a “football nation.” The national team, nicknamed Les Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions), is one of the most decorated of all African teams. They have won the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations four times and won GOLD at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. Additionally, they are Africa’s most successful team in FIFA’s World Cup, having advanced to the quarter-finals in 1990, losing to England in extra time. Some of the nation’s heroes were made during these years of FOOTBALL GLORY.

Recently, things have been looking down for the Lions, who were mathematically the first team expelled from World Cup play in South Africa and failed to make the 2012 Africa Cup of Nation’s hosted by their neighbors to the south Gabon and Equatorial Guinea for the just the second time in 30 years, the last being in 1994.



Cameroonians are optimistic, however, about the future of national football! Just last week FECAFOOT, the ruling body of football in Cameroon, dismissed the Spanish manager Javier Clemente and replaced him with Frenchman, Denis Lavange. Lavange realizes he has a difficult task at hand, but remains focused with ambitions (and very high expectations from a nation of 20 million fans) to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Lavange and his squad are now preparing for three upcoming friendly matches in November . They meet Sudan on the 11th, travel to Morocco for a game on the 13th, and see Algeria away on the 15th. We are all ready to see a rejuvenated football dynasty in Cameroon!

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