By Beng Emmanuel
Sports Writer, Kick442.com- Cameroon
Eight clubs of the Elite one and two championship are set to take part at the maiden edition of the 2020 Tournoi de la Solidarite, which will be played on an unspecified date in August or September, members of the organizing committee have approved.
The senior men’s category will include six clubs from the Cameroon League one championship and two of the second tier league. Eight other clubs will be constituted of youth football.
Both categories will be divided into two groups of four clubs, with each team to play three games. Teams with the highest number of points will advance to the semi finals and final.
The one week event which will take place at the CAF Excellence Center in Mbankomo, will not only help clubs appropriately brace up for the return of the National Division one and two championships, but also enable participants evaluate their level of preparedness after close to five months since the leagues was abandoned due to Covid-19.
Coaches are upbeat they can further redefine and develop new winning strategies ahead of next football season. New recruits will be able to make their debut for their clubs and show their worth.
The Secretary General of the event, Bertrand Ndong, told Kick442.com that clubs have shown plenty of interest to partake in the sixteen team football jamboree, which he believes is a bold step to ensure the success of clubs during the 2021/2022 season.
” We have many teams that are interested. That is the first step. It is good because we want to bring something new here in Cameroon. We are happy they accepted our invitation”
“The tournament concerns the elite one and two clubs. We have two teams in the elite two and six of the elite one. We also have the opportunity for the young players to play before their seniors”
Cameroon champions, PWD Bamenda, APEJES of Mfou, Fauves Azur, Stade Renard, Dragon Yaoundé are some of the sides to take part in the preseason competition.
The head coach of the CAF Champions League bound side, comfirmed the participation of the Abakwa boys and said it will enable their new signings to adapt to the squads style of play.
“PWD Bamenda will be represented at the tournament” David Pagou told reporters”
“It will be a great opportunity for us with a competition of eight teams of two groups and three intense games, especially for our new players. It will help us determine if they can adapt to the teams philosophy. It will also enable us have an idea on the kind of squad we need for the championship”
The Committee members revealed that there will be frequent Covid-19 test on players and coaches, as well as fans who are interested to watch the event. These medical examinations will be carried out three (3)-four (4) days before the competition.
Due to the health crises, five substitutions have been permitted while the respect of social distancing shall be fully respected.
Cameroon’s intermediate Lions head coach, Yves Clement Arroga was present during deliberations alongside Club representatives and coaches.
The date for the kickoff of the 2020 Tournoi de la Solidarité shall be finalized once the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, confirms a date for the resumption of the domestic championships and eventually return to training.
Members of the organizing Committee revealed the tournament will be played at least two weeks before the resumption of the championship. Clubs will then have time to rest while waiting to return to the pitches for action.
The best three clubs at the tournament, will receive awards while other individual distinctions have been announced.
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