Fang James of AS Matelots

By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, Cameroon

Bafoussam based League 2 side, AS Matelots have released and replaced coach Fang James and replaced him with former LIFCA boss Joseph Kouahawa Victor.

AS Matelots’ 2 nil home defeat against OFTA last Saturday in Buea was coach Jimmy’s last game in charge of the club.

The outgoing boss lasted three months at Matelots. He helped the club earn 12 points from 13 league games before his departure.

He was named the league’s manager of the month of November, having masterminded his club’s run of just one defeat in the month.

Popular Cameroon online portal is reporting that, the former Little Foot FC and EEMSA Tiko gaffer was sacked because of unsatisfactory results going by the evaluation of President Professor Lazare Kaptue.

The new gaffer previously managed Victoria United, Bamboutos FC amongst others. He returns to management for the first time since leaving LIFCA at the end of the 2018.

AS Matelots’ recent actions including change of ownership and based are signs of an ambitious club in Cameroon context.

Though the club’s management is yet to officially declare their objectives for the season, there are signs they are looking for a way back into the topflight, where the club once was.

Coach “Mavie* as the new gaffer is popularly known has a job inn his hands. He is not a stranger to taking clubs to higher tier competitions. He may have failed to lift Southwest Regional Championship side LIFCA higher in two seasons,but History has not forgotten that he was a the fore front in Bamboutos FC’s search for and achievement of top flight promotion.

Matelots will be on the road in the first Saturday of next year before returning home to receive Racing four days later.

Renaissance FC have won their last three games in the championship while Matelots in winless in that time.

It promises to be an exciting first outing for coach Victor who once indicated interest in becoming coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon after the departure of Belgian AFCON winning coach Hugo Broos.

So far Fauve Azur, Renaissance FC, Foncha Street FC and Matelots of the 15 clubs in League 2 have changed the coach with whom they started the season.


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