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EXCLUSIVE: Cameroon Rejected Le Meridien To Avoid Nigerian ‘Juju’

EXCLUSIVE: Cameroon Rejected Le Meridien To Avoid Nigerian ‘Juju’

By Nurudeen Obalola in Yaounde:

Cameroon officials have claimed that the fear of Nigerian witchcraft made them lodge the Indomitable Lions away from the best hotel in Uyo, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Instead of staying at the five-star Ibom Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resorts in the outskirts of Uyo, the Cameroonians opted to stay at the much less plush Davok Suites for Friday’s Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.

The Lions also flew in only on Thursday and will head to the airport and back to Yaounde immediately after the match on Friday.

“We know Nigerians and your witchcraft but you know Cameroon’s witchcraft is also very strong,” Jean Jacques Mouandjo of Cameroon FA FECAFOOT Communications Department told Completesportsnigeria.com with no signs of malice when he was asked to explain why they refused to stay at Le Meridien.

“So, we decided to pick our own hotel to avoid Nigerian witchcraft. We’re not afraid, we just wanted to keep our players concentrated fully on the match.

“We also wanted to stay away from where there will be too many Nigerians distracting our players. We don’t want anything to affect our players’ focus because we want to win in Uyo.”Other officials in the Communications office at the FECAFOOT building in Tsinga, a suburb of Yaounde, agreed with Mr Mouandjo.

One nodded in agreement, while Mona Fongho Patrick, who was visiting and has been in Nigeria before, added: “Nigerian ‘juju’ is very strong but we will beat your team tomorrow.”

FECAFOOT’s young Community Manager, Valery Gweha, even went a step further to say Nigeria defeated Cameroon with ‘juju’ recently.

“That (Desire) Oparanozie goal against Cameroon in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations was ‘juju’. I’m very sure. That goal was not ordinary,” Gweha, who is handling media accreditation for Monday’s return leg of the World Cup qualifiers, said, smiling and shaking his head ruefully.

Oparanozie scored Nigeria’s winning goal in the 86th minute as the Super Falcons defeated Cameroon 1-0 in the final of the Women’s AFCON at the Stade Omnisport Ahmadou Ahidjo here in Yaounde in December 2016.

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  • Una dey fear and fear of my eagles is fear of wisdom come Friday u will go empty hand

  • This man is insane has he forgotten that Cameron is the headquarters of witchcraft in Africa…..let that animal go back again and Africa cup of Nation the 2000 Nigeria vs Cameron

  • Why will dey b scared? When dey already look like a witch themselves with their ugly faces.

  • mumu talk

  • Algeria came with their pillow and we still beat them. Up Eagle

  • Isn’t the fact too clear? They can’t afford the cost of five star hotel in ibom . saved us the details.

  • Wizards calling people names. Nawao! Look at their winch raft faces.

  • Dey can’t pay hotel bill.in uyo dat d fact.

  • Can we see what the outside world has caused? When our neighbors can say this to our face because of how we have allowed ourselves to be addressed is the way we are being addressed now definitely and if I may ask now, what is the element of loving your neighbor as yourself now in this comment coming from Cameroon now if we can’t see ourselves as one in all ramifications as Brothers and not even seeing any difference whatsoever irrespective of our lingua franca difference.

    Besides, Can’t we see how our colonial masters are operating already till date? I mean talking about BRITAIN and FRANCE? such that FRANCE even had to appoint fellow personality with African roots as members/member of cabinet?

    But Cameroon should be rest assured that sports first and foremost is all about participation and keeping fit football inclusive and that forms the spirit of sportsmanship while not necessarily hinging on winning or losing as having prices either way for that in itself only gives room for competitive motivation in bringing out the best from the participants only thereby giving the spectators a good offer for their money and we should start seeing our stadiums getting full to capacity soon.

    Finally, God is in existence and witch craft have no more powers on our land anymore by the Grace of God Almighty OK. You guys should feel free at home as we actually recognise and appreciate the exploits of Lauren Etame Meyer who was once an Arsenal player back then and not forgetting the great Rigobert song, Not forgetting Samuel Eto whom I believe we are friends on twitter among others OK.

    Welcome Brothers OK as we are looking forward to seeing more of your country Men here in Nigeria as well OK. Stay Blessed as you are in a blessed land OK

    • Now i know you want them to play ignorant of reality and their believe.

    • Augustine nyiwung forkeng 4 years ago

      My brother, you are very correct. Most English speaking Cameroonian do not believed for us being brother and sisters, see what these language issue is pushing us.We need to pray harder.Good luck.

    • They just can’t afford that hotel bill not any witch craft, just pay for them you will see them their

    • Mummy Bet 4 years ago

      Not with standing u have said it all my brother I wish we all see this as u

  • Cameroonians fear Nigerian witchcraft? Please let them say something reasonable. Nonsense!

  • They can’t afford a five star hotel, shame on them.

  • They cant afford de cost of 5star hôtel

    Am in Yaoundé
    De capital of cameroon
    They have only one 5star hôtel
    Which IS Hilton

  • Dem dey crase, dey no get money to lodge their players for beta hotel, con dey give excuse

  • This is how good ambassadors behaves…..taking a lower class hotel to save the country from extravagant expenses …..thats what those who represent us…. Our leaders lack

  • Hahaha Akwarandu Kc can you imagine this?

  • They are financially cripple, so they can’t lodge in a five star hotel

  • Na poverty go kill dem..,

  • Dovok Hotel Uyo is N12k only.

  • Cameroon is just too poor to afford a 5 star hotel in Nigeria. Ugly broke fellas. We will beat them with their witch craft Ugliness

  • Cameroon is just too poor to afford a 5 star hotel in Nigeria. Ugly broke fellas. We will beat them with their witch craft Ugliness

  • Apparently, it seems to me that it is the host the caters for the hospitality of the visitors. Thus, it’s less about money and more about exposure.

  • Why overwhelming attributing matters of juju to soccer that is purely physical and real,?

  • Ayodele 4 years ago

    The question we should all be asking is if any NFF official has gone ahead of Eagles to Cameroun to make similar arrangements

  • (Nigeria-2 vs Cameroon-0)…once you are successful and your haters doesn’t know the source of your success especially when they don’t know who God is,and what His is capable of doing in your favor they would likely open their smelling mouth to say all manners of rubbish against you but the truth is that whoever God has blessed is bless for a lifetime.It could have been better for him to make a tangible excuse like,”HE WANTS TO COME FROM HOME BECAUSE OF THE DISTANCE ISN’T MUCH AND TO CUT OFF SOME THE UNNECESSARY EXPENSES” instead of saying such nonsense about us that’s too extreme and stupid of them all after all,we still have many of their citizens in Nigeria which I know are doing well than being in the their home country so such comments can always come from the mouths of foolish stupid people.

  • queen B 4 years ago

    if dem lik make dem go sleep 4 under bridges…. 2day dem go collect.

  • That one una cup of kunu-geda…come and chop defeat and go.

  • Dont blame dem
    Dey aint used to class
    D last tym Algeria said dey brought dia water na collect dem collect
    Diz is a gud omen

  • Please go for lower class hotel were you will enjoy plantain . 5 star hotel are for senior citizens.

  • Whаt a data of un-ambiguity and preserveness of prеcious knowledge about unexpеcted feelings.