BY AFESEH APONG
Sports writer kick442.com, Cameroon.
The Cameroon league one and two championships, the women’s league and the various regional league’s have been on recess since March 17, 2020, when the Cameroon Football Federation decided to suspend all football activities amidst growing concerns over the Coronavirus pandemic.
With two months already gone with no football, and with the Coronavirus seemingly far from ending, there has been diverse public opinions on the fate of the 2019_2020 football season. The Confederation of African football, CAF, gave up to May 05, 2020, for its member associations to tell the CAF’s General Secretariat how they intend to pursue the current campaign or if the had intentions to cancel it. Other Federations have decided to end their championships abruptly, crowning the top teams as champions, while others have simply cancelled the 2019_2020 season, without crowning a champion and no team relegated. For the North African Giants like Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt, they are bent on finishing their league’s, once the situation is under control.
In Cameroon, the position of the FA, is not very clear, and football lovers have been left wandering what could have been the content of FECAFOOT’s reply to CAF, with the May 05 deadline already expired.
FECAFOOT’s boss, Seidou Mboma Njoya recently said they will make decisions when it is necessary, stating that “Football is not the priority in the current situation”.
If there is one group of people who have been left perplexed by the current stalemate, then it is definitely the coaches of the various club’s in the country, who like any other Cameroonian, have been left with no option, than to make speculations on a possible outcome.
Kick442.com has been chatting with some of these tacticians, who have diverse views on the future of the championships.
Njuku Barnabas “Cancelling this championship at this stage is going to be a War without end”
According to the deputy coach and physically trainer of league one side, Feutcheu FC of Bandjoun, it will be propre for the championship to completed, so as to avoid several problems that may arise if it is cancelled.
“We are all conscious of the health crisis that we are facing worldwide. But on the other hand, we are talking of a championship that is just six playing days to the end and the gap between the first ranked team to the sixth spot is narrow. From the 10th position to the 18th position, the difference too is slim, which everything is still possible in the remaining six games. We can still wait for one or two more months, to evaluate the situation”, Njuku Barnabas told kick442.com.
He added “After that we can use three weeks to finish the championship. Let’s avoid a situation where we will find clubs having legal battles instead of preparation for the next season. Cancelling the championship at this stage, is going to be like a War without end. The stakes are very high. Why are we in a hurry to end the championship?”
Nkabyo Martin “The ideal would have been for us to end the championship on the pitch”.
The lead trainer of Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda, Nkabyo Martin is for the fact that it would be important to end the championship on the pitch, but situations doesn’t permit, they will have no choice than to abide by any decisions that would be taken by the football stakeholders.
“The championship should go till the end in the pitch because we were getting to the end and it was very exciting. Not only is the league’s table very tight at the top, but it is also difficult to determine which team will be relegated, with 18 points left to play for. All these reasons make us feel that it is important to go back to the field and end the championship, but as I keep saying, we have a life threatening viruus out there. Is it necessary to risk the lives of these young men?. Usually you have players who get injured during the game or during the training sessions while preparing a game on behalf of the team and they are abandoned, nobody cares how they are treated. So I’m asking myself what will happen to them if they get into the field and they get contaminated?. To me the health of these young men is very important. If we can deal with this various and it finishes as fast as possible, then we can continue the championship. But I’m also thinking that if the players have to be at home three months and you ask them to go back to the field and complete six games, I think it’s counterproductive. My ideal option is to go back to the field, but looking at the situation now, I think it is complicated. If the football authorities decides that they want to call off the championship and declare PWD of Bamenda champions, then we don’t have a choice than to support PWD, to help them better prepare the African inter-clubs competitions”.
Anicet Koung “All depends on what the government will decide”.
Coach Anicet Stéphane Koung of league two side, Renaissance of Ngoumou, believes the future of the championship depends entirely on governments decision.
“All depends on the governments decision because the Cameroon Football Federation does not have any infrastructure, police station or health centers. But I think the best thing is to stop all the competitions. That is, to annul all the results and next season and next season we start over. The second proposition is to accept the present results, which means PWD will represent Cameroon in the CAF champions league and it will be the same thing in the league two. But for all depends on the governments decisions because we are in a situation where there is a health pandemic and FECAFOOT has take into consideration the sanitary measures put in place by the government”.
Oumarou Sokba “The championship should go till the end”
Coach Oumarou Sokba of league two side, Fauve Azur is one of those who thinks that the league should be concluded on the green turf.
“The has to continue, because in elite One we have just six playing days and three in the league two. If the championship ends today or be cancelled, it will generate more problems than solutions. Markets have been opened and we see people in groups of more 50 people. So for me the championship should continue. Matches should be played behind closed doors. We have to find solutions. All league two games can be played for example in Limbe, while all league one matches take place in Yaounde. There are solutions, it now depends on the Federation to find them, though they will also the OK of the government. If they take the decision that the league should go to the end, I will be very happy”.
It should be noted that just six playing days are left to end of the Cameroon league one championship, with PWD of Bamenda topping the league, while in the league two, just three match days are left, as Astres of Douala continues to dictate the pace while Dragon and Foncha Street FC top from the bottom in the Elite One and Two championships respectively.
Over in the Cameroon women’s league, three playing days are left, with Louves Minproff and AS AWA FF tight at 46 points each, while Renaissance women, FC Ebolowa and AS Diamare occupying the last three spots.
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