In the end, Cameroon’s parsimonious approach against Tunisia was justified by their result, but, once again, there was wide criticism for the one-dimensionality of their team, particularly that ponderous, sideways-passing narrow midfield. With Cameroon hardly possessing the most impressive away form, their methodology was to be expected, but it hardly won them the hearts and minds of neutrals.
Posts Tagged ‘Africa’
Tags: Africa, Cameroon, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Moez Ben Cherifia, Samuel Eto'o, Tunisia, World Cup
Tags: Africa, Alain Giresse, Ivory Coast, Kolo Toure, Senegal, World Cup Qualifiers
The previous meeting between these West African outfits, the second leg of their Afcon 2013 play-off tie in November 2012, was marred by crowd trouble which has subsequently seen Senegal forced to play their ‘home’ matches in a neutral venue. There will certainly be wry smiles if Senegal fail to qualify and then are castigated by their demanding nation, oblivious to the harm to their chances the crowd trouble may have caused. Home advantage would have infinitely improved their confidence in this uphill tie.
Tags: Africa, Bob Bradley, Egypt, Ghana, Qualifiers, world cup 2014
On the surface, this tie is simply two of Africa’s football giants going head-to-head, attempting to reach their nation’s third World Cup, making it no different to the other play-off ties. But in hindsight, this may prove to be of much greater historical significance, as both sets of players are looking to confirm their status amongst the greatest African teams of all time. For both teams, this could be a defining moment in their international careers.
Ghana are looking to qualify for their third World Cup in a row, having narrowly missed out on a semi-final berth three years ago. Only Cameroon (1990-2002), Nigeria (1994-2002) and Tunisia (1998-2006) have achieved this so far, with their own “golden generations” of players. Though this Ghanaian generation currently lacks an Africa Cup of Nations victory, they can rightfully claim to be amongst the best teams the continent has ever produced if they can surpass this Egypt team to secure their place in Brazil.
Tags: Africa, Cameroon, Eric Choupo-Moting, Qualifiers, Ruud Krol, Tunisia, world cup 2014
By Sam Crocker
In a match that sees the victors of group B play the victors of group I, Cape Verde and Cameroon… wait what? What do you mean they fielded an ineligible player? Tunisia has taken their place instead? Oh, alright then – let me start over.
In a match that sees the victors of group B play the victors of group I, TUNISIA and Cameroon are due to commence battle this Sunday in Rades, Tunisia, after both of them made a less than convincing attempt to get out of their group.
Tags: Africa, Africa Cup of Nations, Africa Nations Cup, Edward Said, Egypt, orientalism, South Africa, the West
Over the course of the Cup of Nations, I will be covering events with this series of articles aimed at relative beginners to African football, from the perspective of someone who is also a relative beginner to African football – I’ve only been following a few years myself so a lot of this is new to me too. It won’t be too serious and hopefully I can provide some context for the tournament without going into masses of bewildering detail.
So, the Africa Cup of Nations. Not the African Nations Cup. It’s important to acknowledge this frequent mistake Westerners make. And it’s not inconsequential, as they are two different things: the African Nations Cup would be a cup in the possession of African nations, whereas the Cup of Nations implies the nations are integral to the cup. It’s a subtly different slant.
Africa’s premier international football tournament has to deal with Western misconceptions on a regular basis. The overall portrayal of the tournament in the West, and perhaps African football generally, is often as “that cute little thing the backward countries do” – the football isn’t that good, as African football is “behind” in its development, but they make up for it in colour, personality and fun. I think this caricature does an enormous disservice to African football – yes, there are no Messis or Ronaldos, and the atmosphere is often lighter than in the Euros, but to cast it as “the party tournament” is classic orientalism.