Tuesday 23 January 2018
[ 09.02.2017 ] []

Presidential Couple receive football champions of Africa

By: Ako Pauline Eneke

The Head of State Paul Biya and First Lady, Chantal received the 23 players of the national team, The Indomitable Lions along with their trainers and support staff at the Unity Palace on Wednesday, February 8, 2016 for a grandiose national celebration.

[Translate to English:] Le trophée et les adversaires, à la sauce camerounaise !

The reception offered this Wednesday 8th February 2017 came three days after the Indomitable Lions lifted the trophy in Gabon. The colourful event at the beautifully decorated hall of the State House was attended by personalities of the three arms of government, diplomatic corps and special guests. A wave of applause from players and invitees welcomed the Presidential couple into the hall at 12:00 midday. In a brief and highly applauded speech the President paid tribute to the Lions. "We are proud of you, the whole nation is proud of you". He saluted the Lions for rekindling national unity through a trophy that was disputed by every country in the continent. The Head of State promised the country's support to the new born team. The technical staff team and players were decorated with medals of the Order of Valour. The awards was closely followed by a speech by the Captain of the team, Benjamin Moukandjo. He thanked the President and the whole nation for confidence and support received during the expedition. Handshakes and photos sessions ended the reception at State House. The President Paul Biya and wife opened the gates of the State House to the Lionesses who emerged as the vice champions of the 2016 Women AFCON just less two months ago . As if to say the fighting spirit of the Lions has been revived.

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[Translate to English:] Le trophée et les adversaires, à la sauce camerounaise !

Les Lions en parfaite communion avec Mme Chantal Biya

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