The 2022 Cameroon Ballon d’Or organized at the Yaounde Congress Hall on Saturday, October 29, had Cotonsport up top as the franchise with the most winners, and quite rightly so.
The event was long overdue after being sidelined for over 7 years. It was reintroduced with spice, style and panache, with some big names in the country’s football in attendance, that included; Eto’o, Mboma and Rigobert Song, amongst others.
In a campaign like no other that saw the country heavyweights rise from the ashes to clinch a 17th crown in Garoua last term, and complete a domestic double weeks after, the Cotonnites had 5 Laureates in total, clinching personal awards, with perhaps the biggest, being the Ballon d’Or won by 23-year-old Souaibou Marou.
Marou Souaibou scored an emphatic 11 goals and dished out 7 assists in 22 appearances last term, including a sensational strike against Les Astres in the playoffs.
Gabriel Haman emerged best coach ahead of Bonaventure Djonkep and Anicet Mbarga Foe. Haman took over Cotonsport after four match days when the club was on an absolute stinker last term, and he went on to transform their fortunes and win from an ‘impossible position’, where many didn’t expect.
Anye Derrick, now of Maritzburg United was named best goalie last term with performances for Cotonsport of Garoua, that included a penalty save against Eding, which powered Cotonsport to their 17th title win.
Club president, Fernand Sadou was voted best president, beating Saint Fabien Mvogo and placide Mevoa of Canon to the prize.
Teenage sensation, Patient Wassou Goue won the best young player of the season award aged 17, having picked up the status of a regular, with scintillating performances for club and country.
Other winners of personal awards such as top scorer of the season, Bertrand Mani – was rewarded.
Complete list of winners
-Best goalkeeper – Annet Ngo Ndom (FAP Amazon)
-Best coach – Mike Ndoumou (FAP Amazon)
-Young player of the year – Lamine Mana (AS AWA)
-Best women’s player – Ngock Monique (Eclair FF)
-Highest goalscorer – Bertrand Mani (Colombe FC)
-Best goalkeeper – Anye Derrick (Cotonsport)
-Best coach – Gabriel Haman (Cotonsport)
-Best Club president – Fernand Sadou (Cotonsport)
-Best referee – Njimoya Florent
-Young player of the year Patient Wassou (Cotonsport)
-Goal of the year – Nkembe Enow (AS Fortuna)
-Special Football development prize (H.E President Paul Biya)
-Special Youth Football development prize (Brasserie du Cameroun)
-Special prize of professionalism (Canon of Yaounde)
Other Special prizes
-Samuel Mbappe Leppe, Marius Kada
Davido steps out for the World Cup’s closing performance in Qatar
Davido was supposed to perform at the beginning of the football tournament but couldnt.
Afrobeats star Davido has arrived in Qatar ahead of his appearance at the FIFA 2022 World Cup’s closing ceremony.
This will be the singer’s second public appearance since the tragic passing of his beloved son, Ifeanyi, in October.
He was supposed to perform at the beginning of the football tournament, but unfortunate incidents made it impossible.
His performance at the closing ceremony of the World Cup on Sunday, December 18, 2022, will be his first after the sad event that made him go off the radar.
The ‘Stand Strong’ singer’s appearance at the World Cup was first announced on Thursday, December 8, by Chinese businessman Stephen Hung via his Instagram story.
With great excitement, Hung confirmed that Davido will perform at the closing ceremony. He added that he could wait to see the singer.
The DMW label boss may be returning to social media almost two months after he stayed away as he reacted to a recent Instagram post by controversial singer Portable, which sparked interest among social media users.
Obasanjo Deserves Nobel Prize For Ethiopia-Tigray Peace Deal -Atiku
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, declared that Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in securing the peace deal between warring parties; Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
Atiku said this on Twitter as he hailed Obasanjo, who used to be his boss.
He said, “I celebrate the extraordinary prowess of His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in bringing peace to Ethiopia. I am not surprised. I know my boss. He did the same thing in Liberia and São Tomé and Príncipe during our time in office.
“If for nothing else, he is most deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize, and I will nominate him when entries are open for nominations.”
The peace deal between Ethiopia and Tigray fighters comes after two years of devastating conflict that claimed thousands of lives and left millions in need of aid.
President Buhari Calls For Co-Operation Among African Nations
President Muhammadu Buhari has called for more neighborliness and mutual understanding between African states in order to enhance trade, security and promote development of the continent.
The President, represented by the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, at the inauguration ceremony of the Nigeria/Cameroon Joint Border Post and Bridge at Mfum Cross River State, said the 1.5km project would enhance the interconnectivity of “our people and communities, improve living standards, reduce barriers to inter-regional trade and strengthen border security.’’
“It is with great sense of satisfaction that we are witnessing the official Joint inauguration of the Mfum/Ekok 1.5km Bridge and Joint Border Post (JBP).
“Let me begin with commending the Leaderships of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and the Government of the Republic of Cameroon that worked closely to realize this project, as well as the African Development Bank (ADB) that provided funding for the execution and completion of this 1.5km Joint Border Project,’’ he said.
President Buhari noted that the project would deepen the inextricably linked cultural and traditional fraternal bonds that already exist between Nigerians and Cameroonians living around the border communities.
“Let me also underscore that in order to maximise the benefits of these projects, the Nigerian and Cameroonian officials that would be saddled with the responsibility of manning the Joint Border Post, in particular, must act in the most professional manner, as well as in line with the global best practices, effective from today,’’ he stated.
President Buhari affirmed that the completion of the project had made both Nigerians and Cameroonians living around the area jubilant.
“Such excitement symbolises the resolve of our People and Governments to remain connected in spite of our seemingly artificial boundaries.
“The completion and commissioning of this project could not have come at a more auspicious time than when Nigeria has signed and ratified the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement.
Therefore, we expect that the commissioning of this Joint Border Bridge and Post will not only strengthen the existing cordial relations between Nigeria and Cameroon, but also enhance cooperation between the ECOWAS and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).
“Under the AfCFTA, this project has the potential to enhancing the volume of economic activities in our regions, and facilitate the free movement of persons, goods and services within the countries, along the corridor.
It would also serve as a vital link between the West and the Central African regions.
”The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria also expects that this Joint Border Post and Bridge will enhance security patrol and facilitate effective cooperation in this part of our border with the Republic of Cameroon. While expressing our confidence that this project would accomplish the set targets, it is also our hope that it would complement the current efforts of the Governments of Nigeria and Cameroon to combat the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism in our region.
“This is important because the activities of violent extremists have continued to present major challenges to the development of our countries and regions,’’ he said.
The President said the menace of insecurity had continued to threaten economies, impede the maximisation of the strategic potentials of our countries and cause political upheavals and menace in the sub-regions.
“Hence, it is our hope that the commissioning of this project will accelerate the efforts of our gallant security personnel who are already doing very well in securing our territories.
“We also pray that this project would enhance the interconnectivity of our people and communities, improve living standards, reduce barriers to inter-regional trade and strengthen border security. We are certain that these projects will deepen the inextricably linked cultural and traditional fraternal bonds that already exist between Nigerians and Cameroonians living around the border communities,’’ the President stated.
He noted that the project, which was part of the on-going Nigeria/Cameroon Multinational Highway and Transport Facilitation Programme (NCMH&TFP), would remain a visible testament to the continuing cooperation and good neighbourliness between both countries, and Regional Economic Communities.
“This bridge, and Joint Border Post, are proofs that when African countries work with African Institutions, outstanding and people-centred cross-regional developmental projects can be achieved in record time,’’ he said.
The President thanked all the Institutions and Agencies that made the project possible.
“I recall in this regard, that the Government of the Republic of Cameroon cooperated with us in granting joint waiver to the Expatriates that were employed by the construction company that handled the project, despite the global COVID-19 lockdown. The cooperation and support of H.E. President Paul Biya, as well as the Government and people of Cameroon, ensured that this project was completed on schedule.
“Let me also extend the gratitude of the Government and people of Nigeria to the African Development Bank for the role it played in financing these projects. Under the leadership of Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the Bank has become, by all standards, a reliable beacon of support in all matters relating to Africa’s development. Indeed, we are very proud of the performance of the current Management of our continental Bank which has confirmed that we truly have African solutions to African problems ».
“Let me also commend the leadership and staff of the ECOWAS and ECCAS for their untiring efforts in ensuring the timely completion of this project. It is necessary to underscore that visible projects such as these, as well as other critical and life changing infrastructure are the type of projects that the citizens of our sub-region have been yearning to see. It is the hope that under the leadership of Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, ECOWAS will continue to deliver on the expectations of our citizens.
“Finally, let me conclude by extending our deepest appreciation to the contractors, CGCOC, that have shown uncommon commitment to the execution and delivery of this high quality project, within a reasonable period. To all of you who have contributed in one way or the other to this epoch–making and memorable occasion, I convey my warm appreciation,’’ President Buhari said.
The Minster of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the value of the new bridge transcended connection between Nigeria and Cameroon, boosting the larger effort of connecting Africa.
He said efforts would be sustained to improve networking among Africans, which ECOWAS and the African Union had been pursuing over many years, with earlier plans dating back to 1969.
Fashola said consistency in building roads and bridges would improve relations among Africa countries, where people can drive from Lagos to Mombasa.
The Cameroonian Minister of Public Works, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, who represented President Paul Biya, appreciated the contributions of various stakeholders to the project, assuring that the Nigeria/Cameroon relations will explore more possibilities for partnership.
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