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Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o retires at 38

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The wonderful, well-traveled career of Samuel Eto'o ends in Qatar.

Eto’o, 38, has announced his retirement after 878 appearances and 426 goals for club and country.

The three-time Champions League winner — two with Barcelona, one with Inter Milan — leaves the game with two Africa Cup of Nations crowns with Cameroon as well as an Olympic gold medal.

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Eto’o was a four-time African Player of the Year, and also finished third in FIFA World Player of the Year voting behind Ronaldinho and Frank Lampard in 2005. He was only the second African player to finish in the Top 3 (George Weah).

A legend of the game, especially on his continent, Eto’o has so many superlatives from a career that included two Premier League stints (Chelsea, Everton).

He scored a remarkable 30 league goals in 36 matches during his last season at Barca, which finished with 130 goals in 199 appearances.

At Inter Milan, he posted a 37-goal season in 2010-11 which included eight goals in 10 Champions League matches.

Eto’o played for Leganes, Real Madrid, Espanyol, Mallorca, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea, Everton, Sampdoria, Antalyaspor, Konyaspor, ad Qatar SC.

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Cameroon fire Seedorf, Kluivert

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Upset with how the national team was bounced from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Cameroon Football Federation has taken a drastic and surprising measure.

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The Cameroon FF (FECAFOOT) announced on Tuesday that it had dismissed head coach Clarence Seedorf and his coaching staff, which includes Seedorf’s former Netherlands and Ajax teammate Patrick Kluivert. Seedorf and Cameroon were defeated 3-2 by Nigeria in the Round of 16, knocking The Indomitable Lions out of the tournament.

Cameroon had won the last AFCON tournament and were set to host again, but the Confederation of African Football (CAF) removed the tournament from Cameroon due to the anglophone political crisis.

Seedorf signed a four-year contract last August, bringing Kluivert along with him in his first attempt to coach international soccer. However, it appears that the bosses in FECAFOOT expected more from Cameroon at the AFCON, and the results have embarrassed the federation enough to sack a promising coach.

The news should be a boost to club teams across Europe, which could pick up two of the top young coaches with a ton of playing experience, both of whom are free agents.

Nigeria knocks out defending champ Cameroon at AFCON

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CAIRO (AP) Defending champion Cameroon is out of the African Cup of Nations after losing 3-2 to Nigeria in a wild last-16 game on Saturday.

Nigeria scored first before Cameroon replied with two goals in three minutes at the end of the first half to lead 2-1. Nigeria then did the same to go ahead again with two goals in a three-minute spell after halftime.

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Odion Ighalo scored two of Nigeria’s goals and Alex Iwobi snatched the winner in the 66th minute to put the 2013 champion into the quarterfinals, where they’ll play the winner of the Egypt-South Africa game.

Cameroon’s exit is a major disappointment for the high-profile coaching team of former Netherlands internationals Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert appointed to lead the team’s title defense.

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LIVE, AFCON round of 16: Nigeria v. Cameroon, Egypt v. South Africa

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Saturday is setting up to be a massive day at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, as three nations with a legitimate chance to win the entire tournament set sail in the knockout rounds.

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Cameroon and Nigeria, with eight African Cup between them (five and three, respectively), will face off in the day’s first game (12 p.m. ET), followed by host nation and seven-time champions (all-time leaders) Egypt versus South Africa (3 p.m. ET), one-time winners themselves.

Senegal and Benin were the first two nations through to the quarterfinals after their respective victories on Friday.

Below is the full schedule for the AFCON action on Saturday, while you can follow all of the action live by clicking on the link above.

2019 Africa Cup of Nations schedule – Saturday, July 6

Cameroon v. Nigeria — 12 p.m. ET
Egypt v. South Africa — 3 p.m. ET

LIVE, Africa Cup of Nations: Finale for Groups E, F

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Groups E and F reach their finale on Tuesday, as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations knockout round bracket will be set after these four games.

And all eight teams in action can still make the Round of 16.

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In Group E a point will likely be enough for group leaders Mali, who have already reached the knockout round, to finish top, while Tunisia must beat Mauritania to have a chance of topping the group and have an easier path in the knockout rounds. If Mali do finish top of the group they will play against the Ivory Coast in the Round of 16.

Group F is somewhat complicated, but Cameroon have definitely advanced and a win against Benin will seal top spot for the reigning champs. Any of Benin, Guinea-Bissau or Ghana can still reach the last 16, with the latter potentially playing Nigeria in the last 16 if they do finish second in Group F.

Below is the full schedule for the AFCON action on Tuesday, while you can follow all of the action live by clicking on the link above.


2019 Africa Cup of Nations schedule – Tuesday, July 2

Group F
Benin v. Cameroon – 12 p.m. ET
Guinea-Bissau v. Ghana – 12 p.m. ET

Group E
Angola v. Mali – 3 p.m. ET
Mauritania v. Tunisia – 3 p.m. ET