Oumarou Sokba speaking to the press after the super cup defeat to Stade Renard

By AFESEH APONG

Sports writer kick442.com, Cameroon.

 


Cameroon league one side, Union De mouvement sportive of Loum, has made history, being the first club to have hired two coaches on three different occasions, even before the start of the 2019/2020 football season.

Charlemagne¬†Mbongo¬†was¬†appointed¬†head coach of the league one champions on¬† July 27, 2019,¬† replacing Laurent¬†Djam¬†who was just¬†from¬†handing¬†UMS their second ever¬†league¬†one¬†title.¬†Perhaps¬†Mbongo’s¬†stay¬†at¬†the helm¬†of the club will last¬†for little over two months, with just two matches played under his tenure.¬†The two matches happened to have been in the CAF champions league, against Congolese giants AS Vita club, with UMS playing a zero all draw at home, before controversially losing 1#0 in Congo.¬†Though their elimination¬† from the continental competition could not in anyway be¬† attributed to the¬†coach, Charlemagne Mbongo was¬†on September 29, 2019, shown the¬†door.

coach Charlemagne Mbongo

One¬†day¬†later¬†(September 30, 2019),¬†Oumarou¬†Sokba was brought in on a one year deal.¬†His¬†stay¬†with the club lasted¬†for¬†just¬†13¬†days, with the former¬†APEJES¬†gaffer having¬†just about¬†four¬†days¬†of training with his players.¬†After a disappointing outing in the Cameroon super cup game¬† on Sunday, October¬†13, at the Kouekong¬† Omnisport¬†Stadium, where UMS was¬†beaten¬†3#1¬†by¬† Stade Renard¬†of Melong, in what was¬†Sokba’s first and last game for the¬†club, the tactician¬†reportedly¬†had¬†butter exchange with the¬†club owner, Pierre Kwemo, who is¬†reported¬†to have engineered¬†the¬†substitutions¬†that were¬†made¬†during the game. Reports talk of a bitter telephone exchange between the club’s El Supremo and the Coach, with¬†Sokba¬†accusing¬†him of not respecting the¬†terms¬†of his¬†contract, by¬†interfering¬†in the team selection and¬†substitutions.

Football lovers in Cameroon were taken by surprise on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, as images surfaced on the social media of  Charlemagne Mbongo taking charge of UMS in one of their training sessions. Yes,  Charlemagne Mbongo is back. He is back to occupy the same position he was deprived of 16 days earlier.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR CAMEROONIAN COACHES?

The recent happenings in the ranks of UMS are a complete show of disrespect for Cameroonian coaches.¬†The¬†coaches¬†have stood so low, and as beggars in the¬†streets, are ready to¬†kill¬†their¬†pride¬†for¬† any piece of bread Charlemagne Mbongo returning¬†to a¬†post¬†where he was sacked less than two¬†weeks¬†ago for no just¬†reason,¬†is¬†like going back to¬†eat¬†his¬†vomite.¬†Oumarou¬†Sokba might have done well¬† by telling the nonsense Pierre Kwemo that he the coach deserves some respect, but Sokba’s share¬†of the blame can¬†not be ignored.¬†Mbongo¬†was sacked after just two¬†games,¬† but Sokba¬†quickly¬†accepted the¬†job¬†without¬†looking¬†at the repercussions.¬†Again,¬†Mbongo¬†taking¬†over from¬†where¬†Sokba¬†left shows how cheap and desperate the¬†coaches¬†have¬†become, to the level¬†where¬†they can easily be bought¬†with groundnut money.¬†It does not only portrays lack of Solidarity amongst the¬†coaches, but shows how¬†shameless¬†they¬†are.

UMS has the track record of hire and fire. Ask the likes of Dieudonne Nke, they will tell you more. Coaches are not the only victims of this unorthodox treatment by UMS officials, but players too have their own bitter stories (story for another day). Many have questioned why players and coaches still go to this team even when aware of what awaits them.

Cameroonian coaches need to sit up and make coaching a noble profession, and get the respect they deserve.

 


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