By Brian Mboh
The General Manager of the National Football Academy, Carl Enow Ngachu and the General Manager for Orange Cameroon Patrick Benon, on Wednesday July 6,at the Yaounde Hilton Hotel in a press conference saw the renewal of their partnership agreement.
Present at the ceremony was the Board Chair of the National Football Academy Issa Hayatou and the Secretary General to the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education, Joseph Yerima personal representative of Minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi.
Sponsoring football activities for over twenty years in Cameroon,the French lead telecommunication company, via her program Orange Sponsor Change has invested in the training of young footballers for the next generation.
Some Anafoot conscripts, were trained by Orange-Cameroon on garbage recycling and on the technics of keeping the environment neat and safety for stay, with the assistance of their recycling partner Namé.
Orange-Cameroon recently granted nine Anafoot young footballers the opportunity, to represent Cameroon at the Orange Solidarity Tournament, that took place in Morocco from July 1-4 , bringing together young footballers of age 13 from Senegal, Ivory Coast,Central African Republic,Burkina Faso,Sierra Leone,Mali, Liberia and Guinea Bissau ,to compete in the futsal discipline for nine.
With the aim of promoting academic excellence, Orange Cameroon granted on September 2021,scholarship programs to some outstanding Anafoot conscripts. In 2017, Orange Cameroon organized a tournament dubbed “Anafoot Tournament”, bringing together players from the ten regional pools to compete.
” I am very happy for the renewal of the partnership agreement between Orange- Cameroon and Anafoot. The deal will not only help our trainees to become good footballers but footballers with a good moral rectitude”.
“Through the partnership, our conscripts have learned so much about civic values, so as to become good citizens. They were taught on the technics of recycling worn-out sports equipments such as bottles, boots and other tools”. He added
Anafoot has trained about 1,350 young footballers in Cameroon, with a majority of the conscripts plying their trades in the local female and male professional leagues. As well as in the American and Canadian leagues.
“The partnership agreement signed on Wednesday is a win-win one, and we shall collaborated for the building of a great nation with great footballers”. Carl Enow Ngachu concluded.
It should be noted that, Orange Cameroon gave the opportunity to some selected Anafoot trainees to part-take in a parade during the closing ceremony of the TotalEnergies African Cup of Nations hoisted on home soil.
As well as is one of the major sponsors of the Indomitable lions in the various continental assignments, such as the World Cup and AFCON. And are presently behind the Indomitable Lionesses, participating in the 14th edition of the Women’s African Cup of Nations in Morocco.
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