Cameroonians choose KZN

2010-05-06 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL diehard supporters of Inter-Milan striker Samuel E’to will be happy to know that his Cameroon team will be staying in KwaZulu-Natal for the duration of the Fifa 2010 World Cup.

This was confirmed by the signing of an agreement between the KZN provincial government, led by Premier Zweli Mkhize, and Cameroon, with its delegates including high commissioner Adrien Kouambo, president of Cameroon Football Federation Iya Mohammed and the national team’s financial manager Nguidjol Andre.

The Cameroon football team, nicknamed Les Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions), is one of Africa’s most successful sides.

They will be staying at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks, north of Durban, and will conduct their soccer training at Northlands Primary School in Durban North. They will arrive in the country on June 9.

Mkhize said: “We are very pleased to be concluding an agreement for hosting the Cameroon team during the Soccer World Cup. However, we hope that this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship with Cameroon.”

Mkhize said the province would like to strengthen ties with Cameroon to include other things besides football.

“We agreed that they will be back for other business, but it’s too early to divulge the nature of the business,” said Mkhize.

Mohammed congratulated the province for having been able to get things ready for the World Cup.

“We had offers from other provinces. However, we were impressed by the quality and hospitality of the people of KZN.

“The players are happy with the accommodation and we all agreed that this is the best organised World Cup ever,” he said.

Cameroon, ranked number 19 in the Fifa rankings, have qualified for the Fifa World Cup six times — in 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010 — more than any other African nation.

They were the first African team to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup, in 1990, losing to England in extra time. They have also won four Africa Cup of Nations as well as the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

They will open their campaign against Japan on June 14 in Bloemfontein.

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