BY AFESEH APONG
Sports writer kick442.com, Cameroon.
The head coach of Cameroon league one side Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda, Nkabyo Martin, has expressed his satisfaction with the performance of his team this far, in the 2019_2020 Cameroon league one championship.
The experienced tactician was brought in by the management of Yong Sports Academy before the start of the current campaign, though he faced lots of difficulties inculcating his philosophy to a squad made up of youthful exuberance and some few experienced players.
The first 12 games of the championship thought YOSA a “bitter_sweet” lesson, as the 2013 Cameroon cup winners managed just three wins in about two months, three draws and suffering six defeats. This period, with climax been a 0#1 defeat to Tonnerre Kalara Club in Mbankomo on December 08, 2019 casted doubts on the future of coach Nkabyo with the club, but YOSA’s management gave him their full confidence.
With YOSA currently sitting on the sixth spot on the league’s table, with 40 points gathered from 28 games, Nkabyo Martin reflects on what has heretofore been a rollercoaster ride.
“We have a team that is made up of mostly young players, with most of them making their debut in the top flight. I knew prior to the championship that we are going to have a difficult start because it need some time for the players to build up their confidence, but I believed in the potential at my disposal and I just kept encouraging the players to keep a positive attitude, knowing fully well that we will have better results once the team starts ticking”, Nkabyo Martin told kick442.com.
“I am very happy with the performance they have put up so far. We are getting better everyday. When we were losing games, I kept telling them that is the only way we have to grow. We make mistakes, miss out on games, but we don’t have to throw in the towel. We have to continue working. The players were patient, they believed in me and the entire technical staff, plenty of discipline, and positive attitude from the players and I think it is only logical that we are picking up good results now”.
The former PWD and National Polytechnic gaffer now thinks his greatest challenge is to keep this group of players together.
“The challenge is if we are going to be able to keep this very good set of players and try to reinforce with other young players. The management understands the idea behind this project, they believe in it and I think they are going to put in the necessary efforts to keep these players. Everything being ok, I think the future of YOSA is bright”.
Apart from the desire to pick up good results in the current campaign, coach Nkabyo is envisaging a giant project, that will see the team groom young talents who can be the future of the team.
“When the club’s management came to me this season proposing that I should be part of the technical staff, I proposed to them a project, because to me it is not normal that a team that tags itself an Academy, haven’t been able to put a player in the market. I told them that I don’t think it’s normal that every year YOSA goes in for players they recruit from other teams. Players who come at an advanced age. They are experienced, but most of the times, they are not really motivated and some of them don’t really care if the team performs well or not. They come in for the money, and at times they don’t really give a dam about the performance of the team. So I told them that I think it’s important we build a young team, with Young talented players, who are going to be naive, they don’t have the experience of high level competitions, but they are going to have a wide margin of progression. Young men who know that they have a future in the game and that if they work hard, they can get to a very high level. Luckily, management bought the idea”.
Coach Nkabyo’s squad is build around youngsters like Tongua Armel, Ngong Neville, Bahaza Goah, Nana Sidoine and a host of others, who are benefiting from the experience of the likes of Thierry Roland Ngalle, Louis Dada Manjo and Randy Ntume. The team is already setting the records, as they are currently the highest scoring side in the league this season, with 39 goals scored, one goal above Cotonsport of Garoua, though coach Nkabyo most now tackle their defensive horrors, which have seen the team concedes 38 goals in 28 games.
With six matches left before the end of the 2019_2020 league one championship, there was a mathematical probability for YOSA to still finish champions, or break into the top three spots, as just seven points separated them from the league toppers, before the league was suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Whatever the case, Coach Nkabyo and his YOSA warriors have shown prove that there is brighter future for the North West outfit, if the talent is the squad is well nurtured.
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