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.
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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