BY AFESEH APONG
Football writer kick442.com_Cameroon.
The president of the Njalla Quan Sport Academy, Henry Njalla Quan Junior, has revealed that his club’s back-to-back relegation from the league one and two championships in 2014 and 2015, was “well planned and well deserved”, so as to permit them rethink and restrategize.
For the past four years, the Club has adopted a new strategy, which is developing their academy and infrastructure at their base at the Man O war Bay in Limbe.
The team has been actively scouting young talents between the age of nine and 18, to build up a solid academy, which is part of their project of getting less involved in the elite championships, and preparing for a better future.
“When an organization goes through a natural change which in our case was the passing away of our founder (Henry Njalla Quan), there are natural consequences and strategies have to follow. Standards were set by our founder. We couldn’t keep up in the elite championships, so we had to adopt a change in strategy which we have been adopting for the past four years but unfortunately some of our fans didn’t understand the project”, Henry Njalla Quan Junior told kick442.com at the club’s headquarters in Limbe.
“Football these days is more than simply pleasure. You need to have strategies, you need need to have plans in place. So we decided that for us to get to that level, we must make sacrifices and the sacrifice we made was to get less involved in the professional league, develop our academy, develop our infrastructure, train our youths, give them a solid base and then move to the next level”, he added.
The NQSA can boast of one of the best infrastructure for any football academy in the country. The center is giving a the opportunity to young aspiring footballers in Africa, to achieve their dreams.
At least two trainee’s of the NQSA featured during the 2019 AFCON, with Seidou Barazi in the ranks of Benin and Fai Collins for Cameroon. Though the management of the club is not targeting instant promotion to the elite championships, their focus is to groom young talents to the future.
“I think we are already playing one of the biggest roles as far as football is concerned in the country, which is to give youths an incredible experience and opportunity”.
The Njalla Quan Sport Academy has just rounded off a catch-up recruitment test, where some 20 youths were expected to be selected to join the academy.
Apart from pursuing a career in football, the NQSA is also determined to make sure that the youngsters blend football and education.
“It’s not just about football here at the NQSA. As you know our trainee’s are between the age bracket of 10 to 17. Kids in that age still involved in their education. All our trainee’s go to school. We ensure that they don’t only go to school, but they do their best in school. We make them understand that football is just a compliment in their daily lives. They must not be footballers at the end. As a matter of fact not all of them will reach the top level of football, so it remains important that the continue with their education and do well and have a backup plan so that if they become professional footballers tomorrow, they can have some foundation for their retirement”, Henry Njalla Quan Junior stressed.
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