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Mount Cameroon Race, recap of 2023 editionParis Olympic qualifiers: Black Queens arrive in Zambia for second leg encounter

In 2023, the 28th edition of the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope, which was also celebrating its 50th anniversary, took place amidst ongoing insecurity in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.

Unfortunately, the event was marred by several explosions resulting in casualties among athletes, spectators, and others who required hospitalization.

Moreover, the race presented some challenges, including unfamiliarity with the area, according to Emmanuel Motomby Mbome, the President of the Cameroon Athletic Federation. Some athletes lost track, resulting in missed opportunities for podium positions.

Additionally, anonymous athletes articulated concerns about the logging process, which they felt was handled too close to the race day, not allowing for proper rest and preparation.

‘ The problem is that they only lodge use on the eve of the Race’

Nevertheless, the race persevered and 32-year-old Adamu Issa Bouba emerged victorious in the male category, while Adamou Issa Bouba triumphed in the female category.

Looki
ng ahead, the 2024 edition of the race is expected to be an improvement over the previous year, with a focus on security being a top priority.

The Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, has assured athletes that all necessary precautions have been taken to ensure the security of participants and their belongings.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

The Black Queens of Ghana arrived in Ndola, Zambia, on Saturday for their second leg Olympic qualifier against Zambia on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

The Black Queens suffered a 1-0 defeat in the first leg of the penultimate qualifying encounter at the Accra Sports Stadium against their Zambian counterparts, who are among the best women’s teams on the continent.

Rachael Kundananji’s well-taken first-half strike was enough to secure the win for the Zambians, who would be firm favourites to progress to the next round.

However, the Black Queens, who have recorded some massive away wins in the qualifiers, would be aiming to replicate the same performances to upset the odds.

The winner of this tie would progress to the fourth and final round of qualifiers, where they would meet the winner of the Morocco and Tunisia qualifying encounter.

The Black Queens, who have never qualified for the Olympics, face a stern test to overcome the Zambia hurdle but have the quality on their side to overturn the deficit.

Sou
rce: Ghana News Agency