The current 2019/20 Elite one championship season has created numerous statistics and records. Mysoccer24.com fact book throws more light on the the top three clubs with the longest winless runs so far this season.
3) Cotonsport of Garoua
The 15 times champion of Cameroon is witnessing one of its worst seasons of its history in the top flight. Its surprising to see Coton sport on such a list but football is round as it can be kicked to any direction.
COTON SPORT’S WINLESS RUN
- 8 games without a win (match days 17 to 24)
- 5 draws
- 3 defeats.
Nevertheles, Coton Sport currently runner’s up with 46 points, one point behind league leaders PWD Bamenda but with one more game played. The team from the left bank of the Benue river has collected just 4 points from a possible 12 in their last four matches before the championship got suspended owing to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Why Cotonsport was winless in 8 matches.
Coton sport’s winless run came during the period of CHAN preparations as close to six of their key players were called for the intermediate lions team.
Key players in the likes of Thomas Etah Bawack, Alphones Tchuente, Simon Omossola, Ebongue Yannick, Abega Mbarga Pascal and Banga Bienvenue have been very busy with numerous calls with the intermediate lions, leaving the team with second class players promoted from the team’s academy . These youngsters couldn’t match the talent of the regulars and the ever great pressure from the fans would lead toa period of doubts. This, can explain the club’s unprecedented winless run.
More so, the appointment of Coach Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso as assistant coach of the intermediate lions made things worst for the Garoua boys. The coach seemed to be more concerned with his job at the intermediate lions, leaving the club to be catered for by the goalkeeper’s coach. Coton Sport finally fired Ndoumbe Bosso, bringing in Souleymanou Aboubakar who tried to bring in a new speech to the players.
The top management of Coton Sport has been subjected to numerous criticism as the fans rosed against their methods. Coton sport seemed to lack ambition as the club sold it’s best goal scorer at mid season in the peraon of Leon Tchuente, providing no replacement to match up with the less inspired veteran striker Daouda Kamilo who has scored just 4 goals this season.
2) Tonnerre Kalara club of Yaounde
After an 11 game unbeaten run, Tonnerre sets high standards at the beginning of the season but things gradually crumbled as the club was unable to maintain the pace.
TONNERRE’S WINLESS RUN
- 8 games without a win (match day 20-28)
- 2 draws
- 6 defeats
This winless run came to an end on match day 28 with a 2–1 win against Stade Renarde of Melong.
Tonnerre recorded just 5 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 games.
With such winless run, Tonnerre presently occupies the 17th spot with 32 points and two points from safety.
Why Tonnerre was winless in 8 games.
Administrative division within the club could be attributed to their long winless run as the team made headlines at preseason for the wrong reasons with 2 fractions training in two camps. With such disunity at the club, the players can not give in 100% performance. Some members of the unfavoured fraction were seen in the stands throwing slangs on the player’s. All tbese culminated to produce an uneasy atmosphere within the club.
Financial problems too could also be a factor for this winless run as the team toiled financially; at times arriving the stadium in taxis, 30 minutes to kickoff time.
Difficult choice of players:
Durig this time frame, Tonnerre’s goal poacher Gregoire Nkama was less inspired and the team struggled with changes of goalkeepers and coaches. A situation tbat kept rhe club in doubts.
1) AS Fortuna FC of Mfou
Its no surprise to see AS Fortuna of Mfou on the list of longest winless runs of the season. This is a team that occupied the last spot of the elite one log for over four months.
AS FORTUNA WINLESS RUN
- 12 games without a win (match days 3-15)
- 5 draws
- 7 defeats
Their winless run started on Match 3 with a 1–1 draw with Avion and ended on Match day 15 with a 1-0 win over Canon.
Though the winless run, there is still light at the end of the tunnel as AS Fortuna presently occupies the 14 th spot with 34 points after harvesting 13 points from a possible 18 in their last 6 games.
Why AS Fortuna was winless in 12 matches.
Some degree of il-luck on the part of AS Fortuna played to their disadvantage. Though being an offensive side masterminded by Thierry Akono Akono alongside Ako Assomo and Vandelin Eloundou , the team could have been a threat to other teams but with the absence of luck, lack of confidence from the players themselves could partially account for the longest winless run of the season.
Managerial lapses is also a factor to consider. The omnipresent club president Roger Noah had recruited “2 main coaches” ; one main coach who prepares the players during training sessions but can’t sit on the bench on match day because he doesn’t possess the necessary diplomas to train an elite one club and the second main coach who sits on the bench on match day.
A glaring example of the player’s mindset is the game played against Bamboutus Fc on Match day 19. AS Fortuna were held down on home soil on 2-2 draw after a 2 goal lead which they managed till the 90th minute and in the scope of 3 minutes of additional time, conceded 2 goals from Pange Lobe and Arouna Dang.
With the suspension of all sporting competitions in the country, these clubs can still safe their season when the league resumes.
CAMEROON Indomitable Lions: The list of 32 players preselected by Antonio Conceiçao Olivera
Cameroon’s indomitable lion’s gaffer Antonio Conceiçao Olivera, has released through Facebook a list of 32 preselected players for two International friendlies that will take place during the October 2020 FIFA window.
The indomitable lions have 2 big challenges ahead as they face Africa’s reigning champions Algeria and Asian dragons Japan in what will be the first Post COVID-19 matches.
Colombe of Dja and Lobo FC: 5 keynotes to retain from the General Assembly
Colombe FC of Dja and Lobo FC held its ordinary generally assembly on Sunday 23rd of August 2020 to mark the preparation of the 2020-2021 football season.
Through this GA which initially had to take place at the city council hall but was finally delocalized to the CPDM party hall where the only elite club from the South Region of Cameroon made public its ambition of wining a national trophy at the end of the season.
5 key points are to be drawn from this ordinary general assembly.
1)The executive committee headed by the president of the administrative council André Noel Essian has been entirely kept in place.
2) A budget of 118.000.000FCFA was approved for the 2020/2021 season.
3) A clarification on the legal status of Colombe of Dja and Lobo by president André Noel Essian reminded the audience that Colombe FC of Dja and Lobo is not the property fo the Sangmelima council but a club that belongs to the sons and daughters of the Dja and Lobo division and by extension to all the children of the south region.
4) The Colombe fan club came in support of the management board gratifying the team with a new set of kits to the players and staff. The fan club now will be entitled to the selling of membership cards in collaboration with the club’s treasurer.
5) With 9 goals and 3 assists, Man Ykre Dangmo was voted club’s best player of the last season that saw Colombe at its best since the club’s ascension into the elite championship (finishing 3rd after the league was abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic).
Colombe FC with its 13 new recruits under the auspices of its new gaffer, Jules Abah Onana will have the task of creating history for the club by winning a national trophy this season.
CAF Qualifiers: A busy 12 Months for Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions (November 2020 to November 2021).
The indomitable of Cameroon will face a busy twelve months in both the AFCON and world cup qualifiers to begin from November 2020 to November 2021.
This comes after CAF and FIFA had to revise the two competitions in light of the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak which halted many sporting activities in the continent.
Cameroon like any other country in Africa, will be involved in both the AFCON and world cup qualifiers to begin in November 2020 to November 2021.
Cameroon’s Indomitable lions resume their AFCON qualifiers this November 2020, with a double header against Mozambique in their 3rd & 4th round matches while, in March next year, Antonio Conceicao’s charges will play their 5th and 6th round matches against Cape Verde islands and Rwanda respectively.
Though Cameroon have qualified automatically as host, the lions are engaged in the qualifiers so as to gain more game time.
With the AFCON qualifiers not a serious business per say, the world cup qualifiers will be the most difficult adventure for coach Antonio Conceicao as the Indomitable Lions will have to play Mozambique, Malawi and one of Africa’s best representatives at the world cup in recent times “the Elephants” of Ivory coast in the world cup qualifiers to begin in May 2021.
It should be noted that, the top teams of each of the groups will qualify for the play offs which have been scheduled for November 2021.
With the absence of the Indomitable Lions in Russia 2018, football lovers in Cameroon are hoping that Antonio Conceicao will be the man to take Cameroon to the promise land.
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