The president of the Republic of Cameroon Paul Biya, has warned that Cameroon football can not be sustainable, if the best conditions are not in place.
In his traditional message to the youths on youths day Eve [February 10], Paul Biya expressed satisfaction for Cameroon’s hosting of the 2020 African Nations championship, CHAN, that took place in the cities of Yaoundé, Douala and Limbe, from January 16 to February 07, 2021.
“It was an excellent opportunity to commune with all young African sports men and women and to showcase the vitality of the Cameroonian people. During the occasion, cameroon that is renouned for its hospitality, was up to the task, thanks to the massive mobilisation of its talented youths”, Paul Biya Said.
“Given the success of this sporting event, I feel like saying that 2021 is beginning on a positive note for our youths. Another event, the African cup of Nations 2021, will take place in 2022. I have no doubt that it will be another opportunity for you to express your dynamism, talent and enthusiasm. Our country is well prepared for both events.
Cameroon has been hit by several in fightings in recent years, ranging from the repeated annulling of FECAFOOT elections, that have seen both Tombi A Roko Sidiki and Seidou Mbombo Njoya not able to go through their mandates as FECAFOOT presidents.
The LFPC versus FECAFOOT wahala has also taken football in Cameroon hostage, with the local league out of action for one year now. Paul Biya says it is time to restore order in Cameroon football.
“I want to call on Cameroonian football governing bodies, to pull themselves together and restore order to their organization. It is only in so doing, that we can create the best conditions for the sustainable development of our football.”
The continuous in fightings in Cameroon football, has had a negative impact on the countries performance both locally and at the international scene. The absence of a local Championship has on several occasions been advanced as motive to back Cameroons poor performance at the just ended CHAN.
Football in the country has left the pitch and is being played in the offices and law courts, with clubs, the FA and LFPC seemingly hiring more lawyers than they hire players. The communiqué league has replaced match day programs, while helpless footballers are home with no idea to when they be back in action.
Should the words of president Paul Biya be taken into consideration, then it might be the start of a new dawn for Cameroon football.