In-form sharpshooter Ekambi will get Cameroon call-up


In-form Lyon ahead Karl Toko Ekambi has been included in a 32-strong provisional Cameroon squad for 2 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in opposition to Mozambique throughout November.

Ekambi has scored 4 objectives in his final two Ligue 1 matches — two every in opposition to Strasbourg and Monaco — for 2020 Champions League semi-finalists Lyon.  

Hosts Cameroon mechanically qualify for the Cup of Nations, however are participating within the qualifying competitors to realize match apply.

Right here, AFP Sport rounds up soccer information from Africa.

Cameroon

Christian Bassogog, voted the excellent participant when Cameroon received the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, has been recalled to the nationwide squad for the house and away matches in opposition to the Mozambicans.

The China-based winger missed the goalless pleasant worldwide draw with Japan within the Netherlands this month due to journey difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic.

One other attacker recalled is veteran Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who lately moved to European champions Bayern Munich from the membership they beat within the 2019/2020 ultimate, Paris Saint-Germain.

South Africa

Kaizer Chiefs outplayed Chippa United, however wanted a Gregory Damons own-goal to win 1-0 and accumulate their first South African Premiership factors of the season after a heavy loss to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Soweto membership had 20 purpose makes an attempt in Port Elizabeth solely to be denied by good goalkeeping from Chippa captain Veli Mothwa and the woodwork earlier than misfortune struck Damons on 77 minutes.  

Minnows Baroka maintained an ideal report after two rounds by successful 3-1 at Black Leopards in a northern area derby with Richard Mbulu bagging a brace.

DR Congo

5-time African champions TP Mazembe have made a disappointing begin to the Democratic Republic of Congo Linafoot, successful solely one in every of 4 matches to path leaders Maniema Union by six factors.

The Ravens have drawn the opposite three matches, together with a 1-1 stalemate with Daring Membership Motema Pembe of their newest outing.

Mazembe, who’ve twice received back-to-back Champions League (previously African Cup of Champions Golf equipment) titles, fell behind early within the second half and Joel Beya levelled one minute later.

Ivory Coast

France-born defender Willy Boly from English Premier League membership Wolves has efficiently utilized to modify worldwide allegiance and might now play for the Ivory Coast, the place his dad and mom had been born.

The 29-year-old, who represented France at 4 age-group ranges, may debut for the Elephants in Cup of Nations qualifiers in opposition to Madagascar subsequent month.

Boly performed for Auxerre in France and Sporting Braga and Porto in Portugal earlier than becoming a member of Wolves on mortgage in 2017 and completely one yr later.

Zambia

Midfielder Chrispin Mulenga died from accidents sustained in a street accident hours after serving to Nkana defeat Indeni 2-0 within the season-opening Neighborhood Protect match.

The Zambian Premier League kicks off Friday with conventional giants Zesco United and Zanaco desirous to atone for disappointing 2020 seasons.

Zesco completed fifth and Zanaco sixth — too low to signify Zambia within the CAF Champions League or CAF Confederation Cup.

Sudan

Athar el Tahir, a defender with Sudan Premier League runners-up Al Hilal, has joined top-flight Egyptian membership Smouha.

The Sudanese worldwide has an adventurous streak, scoring twice for his membership within the CAF Champions League this season.

El Tahir is not going to play in Africa subsequent season, nonetheless, as Smouha can not end larger than fifth within the Egyptian Premier League and solely the highest 4 finishers qualify for the CAF competitions.

Mauritania

FC Nouadhibou accomplished a hat-trick of Mauritanian Premier League titles by edging ASAC Concorde 1-0 whereas closest rivals Tevragh-Zeina misplaced by an analogous rating to Medine.

The outcomes gave Nouadhibou an unassailable seven-point benefit with one spherical remaining within the 14-club championship.

Nouadhibou will hope to make a better influence within the CAF Champions League subsequent season after preliminary and last-32 exits within the final two editions. 

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