Monthly Archives: juin 2010

Camp Members Named

The list of players selected for the Luc Mbah a Moute Basketball Camp, held this summer in Cameroon, have been announced for the cities of Yaounde and Douala. The names of players who have been selected from the northern region of the country will be posted soon.

Yaounde

Dingba Samuel
Yangue Frank
Munyutu Mvuh Idriss
Kome Arnold
Nnoko Landry Christ
Tcheuwa Nkamaha Kevin
Nguidjol Jean Victor
Ndam Djitoyap Yvonn Daniel
Metila Onana David Rene
Moute a Bidias Roger Duclos
Mouaha Siewe Adrien
Bakinde Arthur
Ntamack Hans Thibault
Mbog Jaques Steve
Ndinga Ondoua Pierre Gael
Noah Ndzana Germain Arnaud
Kum Chute Iwiye
Ayangma Stephane
Oba Elle Raoul Herve
Tsangue Cedric
Tchiengang Tankouo William Steve
Mvondo Essogo Paulin
Tselan Etou Luc Junior
Owona Mboundji Lionel A.
Bessala Fernand
Minyangadou Madolla Steve herve
Ibaka Junior
Ahmed Saliwou
Effi Leonar
Tankoua Pierre
Njependa Franck
Yegha gor Ernest

Douala

Tchadjeu Siakam Pascal Pierre
Azangue Drevet Arnold
Mbogtam Nolba Moise
Ngassa Eric
Tchamda Brice Maximilien
Bassaga Ahoama Eddy
Sewa Ingrid
Mfon Mouchili
Mbogol Binde Wilfried
Pola Kamdem Dallas
Yana Jean Pierre

 

Grand Nord

Soussia Lassou
Richard Mbainadji
Hamadou Lamine
Diya Pierre
Abdoul Latif
Wankak Sorai Horokbe
Azaria Souloukna

A Heartbreaking Loss

I have a hard time, as I’m sure every Cameroonian does, digesting the elimination from the World Cup in the first round again.

In fact, ever since that great run in 1990, we have not gone past the first round at the World Cup. This time, we fell at the hands of Denmark.


All of Cameroon felt like Samuel Eto’o (Reuters).

The game started with Cameroon playing great, so much so that at the 10th minute, Samuel Eto’o scored our first (and only) goal of the Cup. The stadium went crazy! People were jumping everywhere. It was so bad that I found myself two rows from my seat, hugging people that I didn’t know.

Later, when everyone sat down, tears started streaming from my eyes. Not because I was happy, but because I realized that I got elbowed in the eye during the celebration. Man, it was hurting!

That was one of the most exciting moments of my trip.

It was also the high point. Denmark ended up winning, 2-1. Afterward, there were groups of people all around the stadium talking about the game and the team.

It appears to be a lot of internal  issues on the team. I came back, called my travel agent, and went straight to bed.

Yes, Cameroon being out of the World Cup ended my vacation. I will not be going to Capetown for the last game. I’m going to go back home for a few days, then back to the U.S., get in the lab, and get ready for a big season next year.

With Argentina’s Fans

Another great day in Johannesburg!

I was supposed to go visit the Apartheid Museum, but we ended going to the Argentina vs Korea game. It ended up being one of the most exciting games of the Cup so far, with a 4-1 final score.

Argentina’s people were the most exciting fans that I’ve seen so far, along with the South Africans. The whole stadium was covered with banners from Argentinian home clubs to pictures of Maradona and Che Guevara. The game was dominated by Messi and his boys from start to finish, and Argentina is now going to move to the next round.


Luc with Argentina’s finest.

The other story out here was the upset of France by Mexico, which adds to the high number of upsets that have been hapening so far in the tournament. Otherwise, it’s been quiet. It’s still really cold out here, so people tend to stay inside more than they normally would at a World Cup. Tomorrow, I’m going to the USA game vs Slovenia.


A panoramic view of Argentina’s fans

Starting on a Down Note

It is about 12:30 am Tuesday here in South Africa, and I just got back to the hotel from a long day in Bloemfontein.

It takes about four hours to get from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein, so we left early — around seven in the morning — because we wanted to beat the traffic leaving. We also didn’t want to miss the pre-game celebrations.


This is what it means to support Cameroon.

Sure enough, the « Pays » — as we call a group of Cameroonian outside the country — showed up. The Green Red and Yellow was everywhere, from traditional outfits to different homemade costumes. The Lions were represented everywhere. What was surprising for me was the support we got from South Africans. From adults to high school kids, they all came to the stadium wearing Cameroonian colors. I thought that was awesome!

TOUGH START FOR THE LIONS
The game itself was terrible. We did not play well at all. Cameroon only had one shot at the goal the whole first half, which explains why were down 1-0 after the first 45 minutes. The second half started with about the same pace the first half did. It wasn’t until the 80th minute of the game that we saw more action from the Lions, trying to tie it up, but by then, it was too late.

We ended up losing, 1-0. It was a very disappointing loss for us, knowing that this was a game that we should have won, especially given that we are playing better teams in Denmark and the Netherlands, respectively.

Talking to other people from Cameroon outside the stadium on my way home, everyone was disappointed. And like good Cameroonians, they all had something to say or argue about why we lost the game. They say there are 20 million coaches in Cameroon because each and every person has an opinion, strategy, lineup, or something to say about the national team. LOL…

For once, though, nearly everyone agreed, saying that the coaching decisions — especially the lineup — were the reason we lost the game. Looking at what happened, it is hard to disagree. Coach Paul Le Guen decided to sit Alexandre Song, the midfielder who plays for Arsenal. He started Samuel Eto’o on the right wing instead of center striker, which is his normal position. And he started three very young players, all who were playing their first World Cup, leaving players like Achile Emana and Geremi on the bench.

All these changes in the lineup, along with the loss, put a lot of doubts in Cameroonian heads as they wait for the most important game of the tournament — against Denmark on the 19th.

As for me, I’m just soaking it all in like a sponge. Tomorrow, I’ll be hanging out at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, where the ESPN studios are located. ‘Til then, goodnight everyone from Johannesburg!

Moute at the World Cup

I always dreamed about going to the World Cup, and what an experience it would be. And I can’t think of a better way to do it than go to the first ever World Cup held in Africa. So I’m here in South Africa, ready to go and blog about it, and live the dream for the first time.


Roger Milla, hero of Cameroon’s 1990 World Cup campaign.

You need to understand: Soccer is like a religion here in Africa. Almost everybody plays, no matter if they live in the urban cities or rural villages. Cameroon, my country, has always been one of the best soccer teams in Africa, participating in multiple World Cups (1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002).

The best memory of the team, which is nicknamed the Indomitable Lions, is when they reached the quarterfinals in 1990. That was the first time an African team went that far in the competition, and my first experience with the World Cup. Me and my brothers were too young to go, but I remember watching TV, trying to see my dad, who went. I also remember looking at the pictures later when I was older, and it just seemed like a wonderful experience.

For me, this is the experience of a lifetime, and for the weeks I am in South Africa, you guys will be able to live it through my eyes. I look forward to the different activities before and after games, all the different dances and songs from the countries and cultures represented. The crazy fans like the English hooligans, the Brazilians dancing the samba outside the stadiums. Also looking forward to visiting the prison where Nelson Mandela was held and — who knows — maybe meeting him, which is probably going to be impossible.

But as they say in my country, « Impossible is not Cameroonian! »